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COVID-19 Updates – LIVE BLOG

Thank you for your interest in Haywood County. Visit NC Smokies values you and your passion for these Smoky Mountains that we love. While we understand that this may impact your travel plans, we want to keep you updated with this live blog monitoring the situation to keep your health and safety top of mind and remind people to travel responsibly. Our Visitor Center is open and we can still assist you over the phone 800-334-9036 and through our social channels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We are continuing to communicate with state officials and our local partners on COVID-19’s impact locally.

Updated May 28, 2020 / 3:52 p.m. EST

Cataloochee Ranch is under new ownership and they are currently working on changes and improvements to the property.  Consequently, they are not allowing the public to hike on the property since it is privately owned and under construction.   Please be respectful of this request and do not hike at Cataloochee Ranch.

There are plenty of outdoor places and hikes to explore on the Blue Ridge Parkway that is now open, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Lake Junaluska, and more.

Updated May 21, 2020 / 3:00 p.m. EST

Phase II from  NC Governor Roy Cooper:

Haywood County Closures/Postponements

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino – closed
Waynesville Recreation Center  – closed
Hart Theater – closed
Smoky Mountain Sk8way – closed
Maggie Valley Puzzle Rooms – closed
Folkmoot – events postponed
Dave’s Wheel’s Through Time Museum – Opens June 4th
Shelton House Museum – closed


Please considering supporting local Haywood County Restaurants that are now offering Take Out & Curbside Service

DoorDash is offering free food delivery from many of these places.

Updated May 20, 2020 / 11:28 a.m. EST

When traveling, visitors should be prepared to take precautions relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19). There are no NC travel restrictions, but certain groups need to be extra cautious, including those over 65 and those with compromised immune systems. You now longer need to self quarantine for 14 days upon entering the county. North Carolina officials recommend traveling in groups less than 10. Our Visitor Center is open 10a – 4p Mon-Sat and we recommend you wear a mask as our employees are as well, capacity is limited to 6.

COVID-19 Resources: 

CDC Information for Travelers
DHEC Information
US Travel Association

Things to Do

Haywood County is fortunate to be home to a variety of outdoor assets with social distancing built in to enjoy the cool, crisp, and clean mountain air, including:

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Hazelwood Farmacy & Soda Fountain is closed until further notice. Same for Pigeon River Grille inside Bearwaters Brewing.


Thank you for doing all the leg work. Truly appreciated

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