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COVID-19 Updates – LIVE BLOG

Thank you for your interest in Haywood County. Visit NC Smokies values you and your passion for these Smoky Mountains that we love. While we understand that this may impact your travel plans, we want to keep you updated with this live blog monitoring the situation to keep your health and safety top of mind […]

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Family Friendly Spring Break

Easy Hiking Trails to Explore in the Smoky Mountains

There’s nothing quite like the NC Smokies: the fresh air is abundant and you’re more ready than ever to get out into some wide open, uncrowded spaces and start adventuring. The good news is, you don’t have to be a seasoned mountaineer to take on these trails: all you need for a light Smoky Mountain hike […]

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Golfer preparing to a shot at Maggie Valley Club & Resort

Enjoy a weekend of golf at Maggie Valley Club

If you’re a golfer, there’s no course as beautiful as the one at Maggie Valley Club. Nestled between the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, these pristine greens are popular with both locals and tourists. The club offers regular day golf packages and something called ‘Stay and Play,’ where you can enjoy a full weekend of […]

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GENERAL TRAVEL ADVISORY

Thank you for your interest in Haywood County, NC. It’s our mission, during this unprecedented time to keep our residents and visitors informed and focus on the health and safety of all those who live or travel to Haywood County. As of March 26, at 5 p.m. all accommodations are closed to visitors, with an […]

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Girl taking a selfie with her dog in downtown Waynesville, NC.

How to Make the Most of Your Weekend in Waynesville

Spring is a beautiful time to visit the North Carolina Smoky Mountains, especially the quaint, artsy town of Waynesville. With the right knowledge and adequate planning, you can make the most of your trip. Whether you enjoy dining, shopping, hiking, relaxing or all of the above, Waynesville has what you’re looking for. If you’re looking […]

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Your Guide to Golfing in the Smokies

Golfing in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina is something special. The five towns of Haywood County have plenty of different courses that offer the relaxing game you’re looking for, plus stunning scenery that surrounds you on all sides. Spring is the perfect time to golf in Haywood, too: it provides a warm escape […]

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Family Friendly Spring Break

Spring Break Smokies Style

You’ve probably got a lot on your mind when thinking about Spring Break: where are you going? Who’s coming with? How are you going to pack the car? We’re here to take one less thing off your plate: what are we going to do when we get there? If you’re coming to the NC Smokies, […]

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Couple eating outdoors in Downtown Waynesville, NC

The Most Romantic Restaurants in the NC Smokies

It’s that time of year again when love fills the air—or maybe it’s just the smell of Frog Leap’s pecan-crusted mountain rainbow trout? Either way, the thought of taking your love up to the Smoky Mountains for an extended weekend of relaxation and reconnection should make you giddy with excitement. We know every memorable holiday […]

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Young musicians performing in Waynesville.

5 Unique Waynesville Experiences

Main Street The hustle and bustle of Main Street was once the heartbeat of every American town. Luckily, Waynesville’s Main Street has flourished as the town’s hub for shopping, dining, art, and entertainment. Take a stroll down Waynesville’s central drag and you’ll have a day’s worth of things to do. During most seasons of the […]

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Sunrise over Cataloochee Ski Area

What is Winter NC Smokies Style?

Here in the NC Smokies, we treat winter just like we do every other season: with a little something for everyone. In the mood to warm up from the inside with craft beer? Our local breweries have plenty of seasonal selections to taste your way through. Are you up for high-speed adventure? We know a […]

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Skiiers at Cataloochee Ski Area

How to Plan a Romantic Winter Getaway to the NC Smokies

Want to make Valentine’s Day 2020 is a memorable one for you and your love? Fill it with cozy cabins, romantic dinners, plenty of wine, and days full of winter adventures! You’re only a scenic road trip away from the beautiful Smoky Mountains of North Carolina for a weekend you won’t soon forget. Below is […]

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Couple spending a romantic afternoon creekside in Maggie Valley, NC.

How to Plan a Romantic Getaway in Maggie Valley

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway during the winter months, Maggie Valley is the place to be. Whether you’re newly in love or celebrating an anniversary, Maggie Valley is a destination that will keep the flame burning. 1). Delicious dining When planning your meals, there’s no need to leave Soco Road for dining options. […]

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