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Spring Break Smokies Style

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Spring break is just around the corner which means a whole week of relaxation or exhilarating adventures (whatever fits your style). While planning might seem daunting, we’re here to take one less thing off your plate—where you’re going of course! The NC Smokies are the perfect destination for a group getaway with friends or a family week in paradise. Consider this your guide to mountains of fun!

step things up

We’ve got quite a few climbs to conquer around these parts. Enjoy the stunning sights and sounds of nature as you trek to panoramic views of the Smokies. There are trails here for all skill levels, so you’re sure to find something that’s a good fit for you and your crew. We recommend these trails:

BLACK BALSAM KNOB

It’s short, it’s easy, but it’s not lacking scenery or adventure. A treeless bald awaits you 6,000+ feet up, where you’ll be greeted with spectacular panoramic views of the Smoky Mountains. Eager to explore more? Try the 5-mile loop that connects to the Art Loeb Trail.

MAX PATCH

Another short hike that’s worth every step, Max Patch is famous for its unobstructed, 360-degree view of the Smokies. This is a fan favorite for photos and a great spot for a picnic!

SOCO FALLS

Have a love for cascading waterfalls? Why have one when you can have double the fun! Soco Falls is just a short walk from the road and is a great place to start your outdoor adventure.

Say goodbye to SCHOOL and hello to….Schools?

Don’t worry, there are no teachers here—just some of our finest freshwater trout. Grab a three-day, $8 fishing license (Inland, Short Term) from ncwildlife.org, and you can borrow a spinner rod at the Haywood County Visitor Center. Whether you’re an experienced fisherman or just getting your feet wet, you’ll enjoy the relaxing atmosphere at our local spots. Get ready to reel in the excitement!

FERGUSON’S TROUT POND

Stocked with rainbow trout, this pond is quite the catch! Not to mention it’s also a great spot for camping, too.

MOUNTAIN HERITAGE TROUT WATERS

Thanks to the NC Wildlife Resource Commission’s heritage program, fishing spots can be found scattered throughout the county. Find them all in Waynesville and Maggie Valley!

Say hi to the wild locals

The wilderness comes to life in the springtime, and you can have a front seat to it all here in the NC Smokies! Get out and explore Mother Nature’s exhibits while you’re here.

ELK CALVING

In late spring, the female elk (A.K.A cows) hide their calves in the high grass that’s commonly found in the valleys. Make sure to keep your distance though—cows can be aggressive in protecting their young. Get a full guide on elk-watching safety here.

BIRD WATCHING

Another reward for your hiking efforts, high-elevation birding provides opportunities to see some of the rarest species in North Carolina, including Peregrine Falcons, Alder Flycatchers, and Northern Saw-Whet Owls. Everyone is tweeting about it these days.

WILD FLOWERS

No need to wait for April showers—the following flowers are in bloom here in Haywood County during the springtime: Daffodil, Dogwood, Painted Trillium, Phacelia, Pink Lady Slipper, Yellow Lady Slipper, Pinkshell Azalea, Redbud, and Tulip.

 

TAKE YOUR PICK

The fertile soil in Haywood County has helped position us as a local leader in growing fresh, delicious produce. You can even pick your own in the following gardens:

TEN ACRE GARDEN

Pick your own fresh Asparagus, Lettuces, Mushrooms, and much more. Come mid-April, you can try your hand at the Sunflower Maze, too!

GENESIS GARDEN

This commercial flower farm is home to over 45 different varieties of flowers. Chances are, they’ve got your favorite! Grab some for you and your best bud.

 

ENJOY SMOKY MOUNTAIN ENTERTAINMENT

Don’t worry about keeping yourself entertained. Our local businesses always have something going on.

BEARWATERS BREWERY

Located right on the Pigeon River, BearWaters Brewing Co. is a great place to soak up the sunshine with a refreshing drink. They’ve got plenty of craft beers, fresh food, and live music—sounds like the full package!

WHEELS THROUGH TIME

A high-octane blast from the past, Wheels Through Time exhibits America’s most beloved classic motorcycles in their Maggie Valley-based museum. Ask one of their team members and they may even start one up for you!

HAYWOOD ARTS REGIONAL THEATRE (HART)

This is one of the most active theatres in the southeast with a continuous lineup of plays and musicals. These performances will make you laugh, cry, and cheer with delight. Bring your friends and family along for a standing-ovation-worthy performance.

STAY WITH US

Sometimes, this can be the most frustrating part of planning your Spring Break trip. But finding the perfect place in Haywood County is an easy feat! We have so many hotels, cabins, and other unexpected places to stay. Here are some of our recommendations:

VACATION HOUSE RENTALS

Traveling with a large crew? You’re going to need plenty of room. There are dozens of vacation homes scattered throughout these hills, and it’s going to be hard to escape the mountain views—but why would you want to?!

MAGGIE VALLEY HOTELS

Don’t spend your trip cooking or cleaning up—let us do the work! After all, there is so much to explore in the time you visit. Check out why you should stay in a Maggie Valley hotel for your trip to the Smokies.

B&BS

Our local Bed and Breakfasts are well-known for their cleanliness, convenient locations, and top-notch customer care. If you’re in search of a relaxing getaway, we have a variety of options.

A Spring Break trip to Haywood County is easy to plan, full of fun, and affordable for every budget. Do we have you convinced? If you’re wanting more information, you can always call or swing by our Visitor Center for sample itineraries and recommended things to do in the Smokies! While you’re here, tag us on social with #HayNow or @VisitNCSmokies.

 

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