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Did you know Elk can bugle?

No?! Well, let me make a suggestion: Plan a pre-fall trip to Haywood County and visit Cataloochee Valley, the birthplace of the reintroduced elk population in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. During fall breeding season, also known as “rut”, male bull elks perform their legendary “bugle” calls to attract female cows and other bulls. […]

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Haywood’s Patriotic Points of Interest

The mountains of Haywood County have always been rich with Appalachian culture and heritage, but did you know this area also has a notable patriotic background?  Haywood county is dotted with several points of interest from memorials honoring our veterans and those who gave their lives protecting others, to hidden historic sites and celebrations of […]

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The History of the Plott Hound – The Official NC State Dog

Have you ever had the privilege of meeting a Plott Hound? No?  Well you’re missing out because they are not only amazing dogs but they are an important part of the history of Haywood County.  Known for their keen tracking skills, Plotts have left their mark in the Southern Appalachians as tried and true hunting […]

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Experience Your Smokies: The Salamanders of the Great Smokies

Did you know that the The Great Smoky Mountains are known as the “Salamander Capital of the World”?  Nope, not kidding!  It really is!  In fact, the majority of vertebrate (backboned) animals, including human visitors, in the park on any given day are salamanders.  These little guys are a lot of fun to learn about.  […]

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Story of Miss Maggie of Maggie Valley

The Story of Miss Maggie

If you’ve ever traveled to Maggie Valley on a busy summer day and received a friendly greeting from a woman in a yellow bonnet and long red skirt, then you’ve had the distinct pleasure of meeting Miss Maggie.  If you’re not familiar with Miss Maggie, you may have been a little confused by her brightly […]

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The Historic Bomber Crash on Cold Mountain

I heard a song recently that caught my attention. Canton native, Richard Hurley, a local musician and song writer who focuses on folk ballads about Western North Carolina, recently released an album, “My Mountains, My Songs”, featuring a unique ballad about Haywood County’s own Cold Mountain.  The song, called “The Cold Mountain Bomber Crash”, told […]

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