There’s so much to do and see in Haywood County, and thanks to our primo location in the NC Smokies, we’re just a hop, skip and a jump from other regional attractions you might have on your must-see list. There are a number of incredible places to visit just a short, scenic drive away! These spots are great for a day trip during your stay in Haywood County. We’ll still be here with our own top-notch restaurants, live music and activities when you return from your close-by adventures. Here are four places to explore on a day trip from Haywood County.
Asheville, NC (40-minute drive): For a fun and funky day visit, you won’t want to miss Asheville, North Carolina. Stop by the stunning Biltmore Estate where there’s always something interesting happening no matter the season. Craft beer lovers will be impressed with the city’s massive selection of breweries, from big players like New Belgium, to smaller independent spots like Green Man Brewery. In this Blue Ridge mountain town, you’ll find international cuisine and even specialty shops not to miss like French Broad Chocolates. If shopping is more your style, you’re in luck. Clothing boutiques, art galleries, and specialty shops line the streets in Asheville.
Hendersonville, NC (45-minute drive): Just down the road from Asheville (well, I-26 to be exact) is the quaint town on Hendersonville. Pet lovers, this town is perfect for a day visit with your pup with lots of dog-friendly restaurants and activities. Stop into Wag! Pet Boutique for a huge variety of products and treats for your furry pals. When the weather is fair, you can expect to hear live music everywhere you turn, plus outdoor festivals and fairs. For a unique meal, try the very popular HenDough, which specializes in chicken and, wait for it, donuts.
Pigeon Forge, TN (90-minute drive): Good golly, Miss Dolly! Dolly Parton’s beloved theme park Dollywood is just a short 90 minute drive away from Haywood County. Dollywood has rides, music, Southern cooking, and even a Dolly-themed exhibit you won’t want to miss if you are a Dolly fan. Pigeon Forge also has dozens of other activities for the whole family, including specialty museums and outdoor tours.
Cherokee, NC (40-minute drive): This road trip spot is situated on the Cherokee Indian Reservation, land that the Cherokee have called home for centuries. You can learn about this incredible Native American culture by visiting The Museum of the Cherokee Indian, full of vibrant exhibits of Cherokee history. Then travel back in time to the 1760s at the Oconaluftee Indian Village for a hands-on interactive journey, where you’ll head out on a guided tour through sacred sites and Cherokee dwellings, and experience a time-long past. Starting June 16th, stop by Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual on your way back to Haywood to pick up some exceptional Cherokee Art, like pottery, beadwork, and more. Qualla Arts features the work of over three hundred artisans.
Whichever way you venture out for the day-whether you stay and play in one of our fabulous towns or take a scenic road trip-the possibilities are endless. And, you can adventure easy knowing your cozy hotel or cabin is waiting for you in Haywood County. Kick your feet up and enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature and picturesque mountain views, as you reminisce on the day’s excursions.