Travel Advisory (Updated 9/21/21): It is recommended that people continue to avoid travel to the Cruso area of Haywood County. This includes a portion of Highway 276 with bridge and roadway damage. Additional access to the Blue Ridge Parkway is available at 215, 23/74, and 19. The Haywood County TDA will continue to update this travel advisory as new info becomes available. #HaywoodStrong Learn More

Gear up for the ride of your life in the NC Smokies

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Autumn in Haywood County brings many types of visitors to the area.  Leaf-peepers in search of incredible views, backpackers in search of a scenic trail and cooler temps, cyclists in search of an uphill challenge, families in search of good old fashioned fall fun, and of course, motor touring enthusiasts in search of the greatest motorcycle rides in the country.  Well, if you happen to be any of these folks mentioned, you’re in luck because the towns of Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Canton, Clyde, and Lake Junaluska have all of that and more!  But today we’re going to highlight all our motor touring freinds.  If your idea of pure bliss is you, your bike and nothing but a beautiful, winding road in front of you, then Autumn in the NC Smokies is where you want to be.   Haywood County is home to an incredible collection of rides that either run throughout the county or can easily be picked up from here.  In fact, these rides are so popular that we offer our very own NC Smokies Motor Touring guide with detailed directions to twelve total rides….and the best part is it is FREE! Just call us (828-452-0152) or stop by our visitor centers to pick up your copy.

Haywood County is also home to Wheels Through Time.  Known as “the museum that runs”, the WTT collection offers several hundred American motorcycles and is not only comprehensive in its display of more than 28 makes, but offers you a cultural experience that no other transportation museum in the country can match. You will find some of the rarest and most unique motorcycles in the world…and did we mention that everything in the museum STILL RUNS?!  Wheels Through Time operates April – November, Thursday – Monday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Admission: Adults: $12; Seniors (65 and up): $10; Children:$6.

Ready to rev up your engines and head to Haywood County this fall? Check out our Best of the Blue Ridge Parkway blog for a few suggestions or stop by our visitor centers to learn about more! And don’t forget we have a wide variety of accommodations to choose from, including hotels and motels in the heart of the action, cozy creekside cabins, vacation homes perched high upon the mountains, charming B&Bs and Inns, and also a variety of local campgrounds. Check ’em all out here: Lodging in Haywood County.

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