Welcome to Clyde, NC

Soak in the Natural Beauty of the Smokies

Clyde, North Carolina is a Smoky Mountain version of cozy, small-town Americana. Located just 20 miles west of Asheville, Clyde has a long, rich history of providing shelter for weary Appalachian travelers—a tradition manifested today in the Southern charm you’ll find around every corner. It’s a spot to enjoy the authentic beauties of a picture-perfect mountain town: unfiltered views of the Smokies, memoirs to remember the past, and Appalachian culture in every store, home, and restaurant.

Here in Clyde, you can hike America’s favorite trails in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Explore relics of the past maintained and celebrated by generations of residents, from the Big Gun to the Shook Museum to the Haywood County Quilt Trail. Take an immersive getaway amongst the wildlife at Buffalo Creak Vacations or Major’s Estate. Come experience Appalachia unfiltered in Clyde!

Experience a Smoky Mountain Summer

Clyde, North Carolina plays host to a diverse collection of restaurants serving up home-grown specialties. From classic diner offerings to home-style Southern cooking, you can find it in Clyde—served with a side of mom-and-pop hospitality.

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A peaceful home base for your getaway is in Clyde. Find a rustic, cozy cabin with a mountain view unlike any you’ve ever seen, a vacation rental with room for the whole family, or a renovated caboose for a unique stay—yes, really!

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Outdoor activities galore await in Clyde, NC. Hike the Smokies at one of several trails, test your patience at our trout pond, or visit a specialty market. Or plan the ride of your life through Clyde, whether your prefer horseback or horsepower.

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Clyde is located just 23 miles west of Asheville, NC, in the Great Smoky Mountains and near the Blue Ridge Parkway. A town full of historical preservations, Clyde offers a trip back in time—to celebrate and experience mountain culture as the original Appalachian settlers did. With inherent Southern charm, Clyde’s restaurants, shops, and vacation homes offer a genuinely relaxing getaway in the heart of Haywood County.

A perfect home base for your mountain trip, Clyde is a short drive to Haywood County’s other towns: Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, and Canton. Reach Asheville in 29 minutes, Gatlinburg in 80 minutes, or just take a scenic cruise along the Blue Ridge Parkway and explore any of the towns you come across.

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  • 7 Minutes → Lake Junaluska
  • 13 Minutes → Waynesville
  • 16 Minutes → Maggie Valley
  • 25 Minutes → Pisgah National Forest
  • 29 Minutes → Asheville
  • 80 Minutes → Gatlinburg, TN




Although the origin of Clyde’s name is a topic of debate amongst locals, one thing’s for certain: this is a place that appreciates, understands, and respects its long history in the heart of Appalachia. It’s the home of the “oldest frame house west of the Blue Ridge,” the Shook-Smathers House, built in 1795. The town was incorporated nearly 100 years after and was widely known as a major livestock shipping point. Since then, Clyde has made efforts to remember important moments and sacrifices made throughout American history. In the town’s seal, you’ll see the “Big Gun,” a 50 mm anti-aircraft gun commemorating Clyde’s veterans who gave their lives during World War I and II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. The 9/11 Memorial in front of the Clyde Volunteer Fire Department consists of two steel beams recovered from the debris of the World Trade Center. And, located throughout Clyde, you’ll find the second-largest number of quilt blocks on the Haywood County Quilt Trails.

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