Going to the FEI World Equestrian Games? Visit these Five Mountain Towns!

The highly-anticipated FEI World Equestrian Games are happening in Tryon, NC right now, bringing spectacular competition and a world of excitement to North Carolina. If you’re here the watch the Games, you’ve probably already noticed that there’s so much to see in our state. If you want to take a short day trip to discover […]

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Labor Day the Haywood Way

Kick off the last month of summer with an adventure packed Labor Day weekend. 10 things to do in Haywood County while enjoying your long weekend: 1. Visit Wheels Through Time A museum like no other, grab the whole family and head to Maggie Valley to see over 350 rare american machines at Wheels Through […]

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Where to Find the Best Coffee in Waynesville

Around here, we feel like coffee is a sacred ritual. It helps us get going in the morning, allows us keep going in the afternoon, and gives us a really good excuse to enjoy a pastry and some time with friends. Lucky for us, there are many unique and cozy spots to grab a cup […]

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5 Fun Family Attractions in Maggie Valley

Whether you’re making plans for a weeklong trip or a weekend getaway, we’ve got what your family needs in Maggie Valley. We offer everything from live music and delicious dining to outdoor adventure and scenic byways. Check out the attractions below to get a taste of all we have to offer here in The Valley. […]

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Where to Watch the Monarch Migration in the Smoky Mountains

You’ve undoubtedly seen their remarkable orange, black, and white patterned-wings fluttering before, but this fall, you’ll have a chance to witness Monarch butterflies gathered in droves here in Western North Carolina as they migrate south for the winter. The 2,500-mile journey to Mexico’s warmer climate can leave landscapes covered in their beautiful orange hue, and […]

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Dog-Friendly Things to Do in Waynesville

Waynesville is full of animal lovers who are ready to welcome you and your pup to one of the best dog-friendly vacation spots in Western North Carolina. Open parks, winding trails, unique stores and tasty breweries guarantee that your four-legged friend will have just as much fun on vacation as you! With so much to […]

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Rock with Maggie at the 9th Annual Hillbilly Jam

Summertime is hopping in Maggie Valley, NC! Guests and locals alike are enjoying the food, arts, music and spirits of our quaint mountain town. During the summer months, there’s never a shortage of fairs and festivals of all types. If you truly want to embrace the culture of our area, join us next weekend, July […]

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Play Now: Kid-Friendly Things to Do This Summer in Haywood County

School’s still out, and there’s plenty of time left to plan a fun-filled summer getaway to the NC Smokies with your family. Not only are our five mountain towns a short drive away from the best kid-friendly activities in the region, but they’re filled with some of the most affordable overnight accommodations you can find. […]

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Tie the Knot at Laurel Ridge Country Club

Tie the Knot #TTKhaynow presents: Laurel Ridge Country Club Wedding Venue. In this series we feature local wedding venues, photographers and more using photos taken from real weddings. This week we spoke with Derek DiLuzio of Derek DiLuzio Weddings who recently shot a wedding at Laurel Ridge Country Club located in Waynesville, NC. Couples get married […]

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Best of June Taken by YOU

Each month we will be posting a recap of the best pics of Haywood County taken by YOU and posted on Instagram! All you have to do is tag your pic with #haynow or tag our social account @visitncsmokies. Anything goes, silly faces, amazing places, good eats, sweet treats, best hikes, (you get the idea […]

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Blue Ridge Parkway Pavement Preservation Project

Parkway Visitors Can Expect One-Lane Closures in Affected Areas The National Park Service announced that over 65 miles of the historic motor route, between Milepost 359 and 469, will be resurfaced as part of a pavement preservation program on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Work is expected to start in mid-May and continue through September of […]

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