Remembering Raymond Fairchild: The Fastest Banjo Player in the World

On Sunday, October 13th, 2019 Raymond Fairchild passed at the age of 80 in Maggie Valley, NC. Local and national legend for his fast picking banjo talents and uncanny humor, Raymond leaves behind a legacy not to be forgotten. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Fairchild; his daughter, Susie Fairchild; his son and daughter […]

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#trashtag in the Smokies with Steven Reinhold

#TrashTag: A Wholesome Challenge Goes Viral

One man’s trash, is still trash if it’s litter. Over the weekend and in the blink of an eye, as most viral challenges go, the #trashtag challenge swept the nation and the world on social media. The challenge is simple, head to an outdoor area covered in litter and snap a pic before and after […]

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Best of June Taken by YOU

Each month we will be posting a recap of the best pics of Haywood County taken by YOU and posted on Instagram! All you have to do is tag your pic with #haynow or tag our social account @visitncsmokies. Anything goes, silly faces, amazing places, good eats, sweet treats, best hikes, (you get the idea […]

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Blue Ridge Parkway Pavement Preservation Project

Parkway Visitors Can Expect One-Lane Closures in Affected Areas The National Park Service announced that over 65 miles of the historic motor route, between Milepost 359 and 469, will be resurfaced as part of a pavement preservation program on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Work is expected to start in mid-May and continue through September of […]

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Lake Junaluska featured in Our State Magazine

Top 10 Lake Junaluska Moments of 2017

From start to finish, 2017 was a fantastic year for Lake Junaluska. Journey back in time to see some of Lake Junaluska’s most significant moments. 1. Lake Junaluska featured in Our State Magazine Lake Junaluska had a great year of media coverage in 2017, including a beautiful 18-page spread in Our State magazine, with stunning […]

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View of frozen Lake Junaluska from pier

Photos of Frozen Lake Junaluska

The weather has been in the mid teens this past week in Haywood County and Lake Junaluska has frozen over on it’s top layer creating a picturesque scene for those brave enough to venture out in the cold weather. This morning a light dusting of snow blanketed the lake and you could hear ice cracking […]

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November Instagram Giveaway @visitncsmokies

Fall Instagram Giveaway

GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Congrats to Hailee Austin! Follow our Instagram for chances to win future giveaways! Enter for your chance to win: 1 – Longsleeve Moonshine Shirt 1 – Elevated Mountain Shot Glass 1 – Balsam Range Christmas CD 2 – Scenic Postcards shot in Haywood County 3 – Hand Drawn Hiking Map Prints by […]

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BearWater Brewer Sean Coughlin accepts Award

BearWaters Brewing Co. Claims Bronze for ‘Smells Like Money’ Brew!

Brewer Sean Coughlin accepting the award. Photo © 2017 Jason E. Kaplan BearWaters Brewing Co. takes home bronze in the 2017 Great American Beer Festival® “When Sean walked across that stage and accepted our award, it was for everyone that continued to believe in us. For our new community that has so warmly welcomed us. […]

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downtown waynesville

Move Over Norman Rockwell, Meet the N.C. Smokies

Authentic is our middle name here in the N.C. Smokies of Haywood County. We all hanker for simpler times, for an escape from the hectic schedules and demanding regimens that define our lives week in and week out. It’s time to leave the hustle-and-bustle behind and immerse yourself in a small-town get-away to the mountains. […]

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Come soar With Us: Kick Start Spring Motorcycle Season in the NC Smokies

Spring is stirring early in the mountains, so pack your saddle bags and head to the NC Smokies of Haywood County for the finest riding in the Southeast. From hair-raising mountain curves to mellow country roads, your quest for motorcycle utopia is over. Looking for waterfalls? We got it. Mountain scenery? Check. Countryside? Got that, […]

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