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Summer is coming to an end, but it’s not too late to make the most of it. Get out and savor the sunshine with your adventurous pals and check off your bucket list one by one like a thrill-seeking pro. The best part is you won’t have to go far for fun. Check out these activities to enjoy in Waynesville.

Top of the Line Hiking

What’s a visit to the NC Smokies without a gorgeous hike to rave about? Get some much-needed fresh air and seize the day with a trip to Black Balsam Knob or Devil’s Courthouse. These high-altitude destinations will defy your expectations. Coming in at 6,214 ft of elevation, Black Balsam Knob is an easily accessed hike right off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile post 420.2.

For a 20-minute hike, with insanely incredible views, head to Devil’s Courthouse. From the top you can see Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. For an excursion that comes with a special rush, venture to Looking Glass Falls. This 60-foot cascading waterfall will have you in awe. Don’t forget to snap some pictures for your scrapbook while you’re there.

Downtown Exploring

There is something about strolling through Downtown Waynesville that brings a sense of serenity. Whether it’s the charm of decorated storefronts, the smells wafting from the enticing eateries, or the friendly atmosphere of our welcoming locals—Main Street is a must. Wander at your own pace and peruse local art galleries and gift shops. A little insider tip – in addition to exploring Downtown, you’ve got to check out Waynesville’s six distinct neighborhoods, each baring their own eclectic vibes. Dive into new boutiques, shops and adventures with each stop. This is the perfect place to find a new outfit, colorful piece of artwork or other take-home memento from your trip.

Decadent Dining

Foodie or not, you can’t deny a meal that makes your tastebuds shout from the mountaintops. Make sure you add one (or several) of Waynesville’s delicious restaurants to your list. Decide if you want to keep it casual at an indoor-outdoor restaurant like The Patio Bistro, treat yourself for a fine dining experience at Birchwood Hall Southern Kitchen or try out some coastal-mountain fusion at Beach Mountain Diner in Hazelwood. Our local culinary masters will take your palate to places it has never gone before.

Scenic Golfing

Set a new game record at Waynesville’s tee-rific golf course. Many people expect golfing at the beach, but practicing your game in the mountains takes the sport to new heights. Here the greens are surrounded by 360-degree mountain views and the high elevation makes for cool temps all day long. Check out the Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa for stunning views and lush green turf. Time to grab your golfing gang and go clubbin’.

Animal Farm Admiring

Have you ever seen a pig play the piano? Not many can say they have. Winchester Creek Farms is home to Penelope the Pig, who has a few party tricks that will blow you away. They also have alpacas, mini horses, and more. Have you herd about Sugg Plantation? They are home to a fun farm-ily that is prancing with personality—and eager for a tasty treat too. They have alpacas, cows, and a whole squad of adorable animals. Both farms offer interactive animal experiences and scenic mountain views you won’t find anywhere else.

Mountain Street Dancing

This event is truly a crowd-pleaser and a long running Waynesville tradition. Enjoy live music, performances, and dancing. These events are normally held during the peak of the summer season, but this year they are keeping it cool with their return this fall. Catch the first Mountain Street Dance on September 24. You won’t want to miss this toe-tapping fun.

From thrilling adventures and fall shopping to one-of-kind eateries and dancing traditions chock full of Appalachian flavor, Waynesville truly has it all. End your summer on a high note with a visit to the North Carolina Smokies. Make sure to tag @ExperienceWaynesville and #EmbraceUnusual in your favorite end of summer activity pictures.

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