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Learning to Fly Fish in the NC Smokies

I finally learned to fly fish. Well at least the basics of fly fishing. If you follow our blog, you know that I am an avid outdoor enthusiast who loves hiking and exploring, but I know very little about fly fishing.

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Spring Fly Fishing Report from The Hunter Banks Co.

I love spring in Haywood County.  It is such an exciting time in the mountains because everyone begins to venture back outdoors to enjoy the many incredible activities available in our area.  I love it when people come into our visitor centers craving a new adventure as they inquire about the best local hikes, bike […]

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A Winter Reminder about Blue Ridge Parkway

As we enter the last week of February, I know a lot of you are starting to dream of bidding winter adieu and welcoming spring with wide open arms. I can’t blame you. After last weeks cold blast, I think we’re all dreaming of dogwoods in bloom and chirping cardinals. While the first official day […]

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Bethel Cemetery

Haywood County’s Historic Cemeteries

It’s no secret that Haywood County is rich in authentic Appalachian history. Established in 1808, the county has a story over 200 years in the making. The area is home to generations of families that settled the area and planted ties that still exist today. Many visitors are drawn to the area just to explore […]

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Did you know Elk can bugle?

No?! Well, let me make a suggestion: Plan a pre-fall trip to Haywood County and visit Cataloochee Valley, the birthplace of the reintroduced elk population in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. During fall breeding season, also known as “rut”, male bull elks perform their legendary “bugle” calls to attract female cows and other bulls. […]

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Haywood’s Patriotic Points of Interest

The mountains of Haywood County have always been rich with Appalachian culture and heritage, but did you know this area also has a notable patriotic background?  Haywood county is dotted with several points of interest from memorials honoring our veterans and those who gave their lives protecting others, to hidden historic sites and celebrations of […]

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The History of the Plott Hound – The Official NC State Dog

Have you ever had the privilege of meeting a Plott Hound? No?  Well you’re missing out because they are not only amazing dogs but they are an important part of the history of Haywood County.  Known for their keen tracking skills, Plotts have left their mark in the Southern Appalachians as tried and true hunting […]

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The Best of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Are you planning a motor touring trip to Blue Ridge Parkway this summer? Well if you’re not and you love scenic drives and long range views, we suggest you start planning NOW!  Regardless of whether you’re planning to cruise the twists and turns of the parkway by motorcycle, car, or even road bike, you are […]

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Experience Your Smokies: The Salamanders of the Great Smokies

Did you know that the The Great Smoky Mountains are known as the “Salamander Capital of the World”?  Nope, not kidding!  It really is!  In fact, the majority of vertebrate (backboned) animals, including human visitors, in the park on any given day are salamanders.  These little guys are a lot of fun to learn about.  […]

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Story of Miss Maggie of Maggie Valley

The Story of Miss Maggie

If you’ve ever traveled to Maggie Valley on a busy summer day and received a friendly greeting from a woman in a yellow bonnet and long red skirt, then you’ve had the distinct pleasure of meeting Miss Maggie.  If you’re not familiar with Miss Maggie, you may have been a little confused by her brightly […]

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A Closer Look At Historic Cataloochee Valley

Cataloochee Valley, located in the heart of the North Carolina section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is one the most visited attractions in Haywood County.  This section of the national park is full of beauty, history, and wildlife which includes the majestic elk who were reintroduced into the valley in 2001.  While this […]

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