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5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Haywood


Get ready to fall head over heels for the natural beauty of the NC Smokies. Treat your loved ones or yourself (we won’t judge) to a trip that will tickle you pink. Discover the charm of our five mountain destinations full of scenic excursions, flavorful fare, and so much more. Time to start feeling the love in Haywood.

1. Breathtaking Views

Get whisked away by the panoramic vistas stretching across the county. Breathe in the fresh air as you take in a vibrant sunset or sunrise over the Smokies. Watch the water of Lake Junaluska glisten as you take a stroll along their rose walk. Revel in the cooling mist of a cascading waterfall along your hiking trail. There is no shortage of breath-taking sights here in Haywood. Come see them for yourself.

2. Thrilling Outdoor Activities

Roses are red, violets are blue. Need some adventure? We’ve got a few! Haywood is one big playground ready for you to explore no matter the season. From the wintery slopes of Cataloochee Ski Area to the refreshing swimming holes hidden in the mountains. The winding trails of lush forests of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park to the rushing air of a slingshot drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. There’s no question—this place is made for exploring.

3. Decadent Dining

When it comes to food, we understand it’s easy to fall in love. Experience the flavors of fresh farm-to-table dining or a home-cooked meal that will warm the soul. Here in Haywood, you can find cuisines of all sorts. Whether you want to enjoy a fine dining experience or dig into a smorgasbord of appetizers to share, find what suits your taste. Don’t forget to treat yourself to dessert while you’re at it.

4. Sensational Shopping

Finding that perfect gift for a special someone can show just how much they mean to you. If you’re not shopping for others, shopping for yourself can be just as fulfilling. Browse our specialty shops for handcrafted gifts, fine art, clothing, and so much more. Whether you’re visiting Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton, or Clyde, you are sure to find something that will tug at your heartstrings.

5. Charming Quarters

When planning the perfect vacation, it’s important to find a place that makes you feel at home. Cozy up in a log cabin on the mountainside for a place among the trees. Stay in a hotel or motel for comfy lodging with the added bonus of friendly hospitality. If you like to spice things up with the unexpected, stay in our unique accommodations like a yurt, a train caboose, or try glamping. Your perfect match awaits!

With so much to love here in the NC Smokies, Haywood will have you catching feelings quickly. Come see for yourself what makes this county so special and don’t forget to tag us in your photos with #HayNow or @VisitNCSmokies.


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