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Why You Should Spend Memorial Day in the NC Smokies


Memorial Day Weekend will be here before you know it! If you’re just now starting to think of your long-weekend plans, then look no further! This NC mountain destination has plenty of adventures and activities for last-minute planners. Check out why so many people are joining us in Haywood County for Memorial Day.


Beautiful may even be an understatement. We’ve got that “Let’s go outside today” weather. Feast your eyes on the iconic views of the Great Smoky Mountains with a hike to Black Balsam Knob. Or bask in the warm sunlight with a mid-afternoon picnic on Watterock Knob. For those who live for life’s thrills, enjoy the rushing mountain air in a Slingshot while cruising along the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are so many ways to enjoy the rays with our outdoor activities.

AFFORDABLE Accommodations

With summer right around the corner, Haywood County offers plenty of affordable accommodations to fit your budget. Choose your perfect place to kick back for the weekend. Want a relaxing creekside stay? How about a mountaintop getaway? Maybe you want to stay at a country club and get a few rounds in over the weekend or be pampered at a Bed & Breakfast. The point is, you’ve got options here, suitable for any budget and parties of any size. Find the place that fits you!

Flavorful Fare

Are you the kind of vacationer that plans your trips around food? Us too—so listen up! Start your day off right with our Best Breakfast Spots and get fueled up for a day of adventures. Then, you and your crew of travelers can duke it out to pick your next satisfying stop. Craving some smoked brisket? Try one of our BBQ joints for lunch—we recommend Butts on the Creek in Maggie Valley. Perhaps y’all can settle on a meal at one of our delicious farm-to-table restaurants, like Southern Porch in Canton or The Sweet Onion in Waynesville. No matter what you choose, our restaurants know how to serve up some serious flavor!


There are certain types of  experiences you’ll only find here in the NC Smokies. Discover the local farms and gardens producing Haywood’s finest fresh produce (part of our growing Agritourism business). Or take your tastebuds on a tour at our finest breweries and distilleries while enjoying local, live music. Daytrip to nearby Cherokee or visit the Biltmore in Asheville. If you have some little explorers to entertain, there’s a whole list of kid-friendly activities throughout the Smokies. The hardest part will be figuring out how to fit in all the fun!

Are you planning on staying with us for the long weekend? Share your trip highlights with us on Instagram by tagging us @VisitNCSmokies and using #HayNow.


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