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10 Things to do in the Smokies this Labor Day

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Kick off the last month of summer with an adventure-packed Labor Day weekend. Here are 10 things to do in Haywood County while enjoying your long weekend: 

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When it comes to relaxing a trip away, fishing is a strong start. Our Mountain Heritage Trout Waters in Waynesville and Maggie Valley offer some of the best trout fishing in Western North Carolina. 

Live Music at Elevated Mountain, Sept 5

Outlaw Whiskey will be performing at Elevated Mountain Distilling Company on Saturday night, and we can’t think of a better way to kick off your long weekend. Good live music and delicious spirits always make for an evening of fun!

Haywood Historic Farmer’s Market, Sept 5

Take your pick of fresh, locally-sourced produce and handcrafted items while supporting local businesses at this farmer’s market in Waynesville! Some slight changes are being made in order to protect both vendors and customers, so be sure to read this update before heading out! 

Take a hike

We have plenty of trails, short and long, to help you get your outdoor fix. Swing by our Visitor Center in Maggie Valley for trail maps and more or check out these hikes: Purchase Knob, Art Loeb, Boogerman Trail, Max Patch

Eat, Eat, Eat!

Luna Modern Mexican Kitchen | Visit NC Smokies

Who doesn’t love loading up on delicious food over Labor Day weekend?! Our local restaurants are loaded with flavor and are eager to serve up your favorites once again. Many of these spots are now offering takeout and delivery—check out our blog for some of our favorite places for a to-go meal. 

Arts & Crafts Labor Day Fest, Sept 5-6
Maggie Valley Arts and Crafts Festival

Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Maggie Valley’s largest gathering of artisans and crafters come together to sell their handmade treasures. Artisans from all over the Southeast will be in attendance. Chainsaw art demonstrations and lots of festival food.

Visit the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

The elk have just begun their bugling and it sure is a sight to see and hear! Drive up to Cataloochee Valley to catch them at dusk or dawn or enjoy the curves of the Parkway and you just may see them grazing the sides of the road. Don’t forget to read our Elk Watching 101 Guide for helpful tips before you venture out.  

Take a Taste Tour

If you have yet to discover the flavor of Haywood County, now’s your chance. Our local breweries are churning out fresh, delicious brews every day. Enjoy the waterside views at BearWaters Brewing in Maggie Valley and Canton, or Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville. Head into Boojum after your downtown shopping spree. You can’t go wrong with whatever you choose.

Jump into a swimming hole
tubing at sunburst swimming hole

It may be getting a little chilly in the mornings but midday Sunburst Swimming hole and Midnight Hole are great spots to cool off and squeeze the last bit of summer swimming that you can in!

Canton Labor Day Parade, Sept 7

The traditional Labor Day Parade in historic Canton will look a little different this year. To see how, just look to the sky late morning through noon and follow the sound of planes. A team of planes performing aerial acrobatics will be performing over Papertown this year! The Bandit Flight Team will showcase their skills in a patriotic display to honor frontline workers.

This Labor Day, a list of adventures awaits you in Haywood County. Head here for a day trip, a long weekend, or even longer—we’ve got more than enough to fill your itinerary.

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