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How to Celebrate the #SpiritOfTravel with a Haywood Staycation


Go for a Hike

Explore the wonders of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Stretching over one-half million acres, this park is home to a diverse array of wildlife and plants. Discover the rush of exploring a cascading waterfall—a great natural backdrop for any photo. Climb to scenic heights and take in stunning vistas. When it comes to hiking, there is no shortage of places to roam.

Peek at our Wildlife

Were you aware that the GSMNP is the Salamander Capital of the World? There are over 30 species of these little guys roaming around the park. You can also visit our antlered locals in Cataloochee Valley where you are likely to hear a bugle or two as the elk share their daily gossip. If you’re still itching for more animal encounters check out our blog all about them!

Take in a Show

Lights. Camera. Action! Purchase tickets for a movie or live play at HART (Haywood Arts Regional Theatre). They produce a year-round schedule of shows for you to sit back, enjoy, and escape reality. Why not add a little drama to your staycation—the good kind of course!

Soak up some History

Haywood is proud of our rich Appalachian history and there are several ways to hear about it yourself. Visit  The Shelton House to see exhibits of 19th century crafts and Native American artifacts. For some history that is truly riveting, explore Dale’s Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum to see an impressive collection of rare motorcycles, cars, and more.

Grab your clubs

Take in a round of 18 holes with your staycation crew. Our courses are open year-round so you can enjoy golfing any season. If you’re looking for something a little more low-key then take a swing at mini-golf—fun for all ages and especially competitive for some!

Wine & Dine

We all deserve to treat ourselves every once in a while. Consider your staycation the perfect opportunity. Taste the delectable flavors of the NC Smokies with our sensational selection of restaurants. The chefs in our county know how to serve up some mouthwatering meals. For a drink with a view, we have several breweries and wine shops for a lively night with libations.

*Business and attractions open dates may differ. Please check websites for more information*

A Staycation is meant to be a way for you to kick-back and enjoy the surroundings of your own home base. Here in Haywood, it’s easy to take your time-off to new heights (quite literally). Get your list of activities ready for a much-needed not-so-getaway getaway.


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