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The Legend of the Boojum

It is that time of year again – where the days get darker and the mountains become just a bit more eerie with each passing sunset. Halloween is almost here and if you’ve followed our blog for a while, you know there is one Haywood County tall tale we share every year: The Legend of the Boojum.

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Haywood County Zoom Backgrounds

Finding yourself in more Zoom meetings lately with Covid-19 orders in effect? We’ve created these backgrounds to spice up your calls with scenery around Haywood County. To set a virtual background up click Zoom > Preferences > Virtual Backgrounds and then add these photos to the library and select the one you prefer. If you […]

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How to Celebrate the #SpiritOfTravel with a Haywood Staycation

This week we recognize National Travel & Tourism Week by focusing on the Spirit of Travel. The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority (known as Visit NC Smokies) sends our appreciation to our hospitality partners and community. We are all staying Haywood Strong, with confidence that everyone will make it through this together. Folks are anxious […]

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Hearts for Haywood #haywoodstrong

As a way to spread hope and an uplifting message during these challenging times, the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, aka Visit NC Smokies, has launched a new initiative called “Hearts for Haywood.” Our hope is that Haywood County businesses and locals will partner with us to share heartfelt messages of support for each other. […]

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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 the COVID-19 situation is continuously evolving, we are monitoring it vigilantly. We are working […]

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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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