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Your Sizzling Summer Itinerary for Waynesville

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Folkmoot Festival

It’s that time of year to get out and enjoy the warm embrace of summer in the Smokies. Put on your shades and get ready for tan lines and mountain inclines. Waynesville has all you need to make your trip one for the scrapbooks. Check out these fun things to do in our town this sunny season.

Spectacular Shopping

Roam through our lively Downtown, where you can find an alluring lineup of local businesses and captivating creations. Visit one of our six distinct districts to pick out a new statement piece for your home from an art gallery or grab an artisan treasure to pass along for generations to come. If you’re looking for a new summer accessory, stop into our trendy boutiques and grab some Waynesville swag. There are stores for all tastes to keep you busy browsing to your heart’s desire. While you’re looking around Main Street, keep your eye out for a few artsy photo ops.

Airy Adventures

Beyond our bustling town lies a sprawling outdoor playground of majestic mountains waiting for you to explore. Waynesville is home to endless outdoor activities, but if you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve got you covered! Cool off from the summer heat at a freshwater swimming hole. Enjoy your favorite hobbies like perfecting your golf swing at our scenic courses or casting a line in the Mountain Heritage Trout Waters. If you’re looking for a change in altitude, hike up to Black Balsam Knob or venture to Max Patch for stunning vistas. When life gives you mountains, put your hiking boots on.

Top-notch Tours

As a tourist destination, we’ve got all kinds of outings for you to enjoy. Whether you are a brewery buff, a food fanatic, or a small-town traveler, we’ve got great options. Take a tour of our local breweries for craft beer that raises the bar. Embark on a tasting of the Smokies by visiting our enticing eateries for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Don’t forget your last stop—dessert! If you’re looking to explore all of Waynesville, check out our neighborhood tour and see what’s happening in our little pockets of mountain paradise.

Exhilarating Events

We know how to have a good time in Waynesville, and our events listing is proof.  One of our favorite annual traditions is our Folkmoot Festival. Experience cultures from around the world right here in Waynesville through music, dance, and heritage arts. If dancing puts some pep in your step, join us for our mountain street dances throughout the summer. There are so many shows and events to look forward to this summer—mark your calendars!

No matter what you choose to explore during your visit, make it your way in Waynesville. Our town really shines during the summer, and we hope you get in on the fun!

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