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Why not make the most of it?

The world has felt pretty strange for the past year, hasn’t it? For most of us, working and learning from home became the new norm. While there may be some perks to life at home, those four walls sure do start to get old after a while. The good news is there’s a solution to your “at home” cabin fever and it includes an elevated change of scenery and open-air adventures.

You have an amazing opportunity to embrace this unusual time and make the most of it somewhere else—like the beautiful Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Take a brain-break with an easy hike to a rushing waterfall or picturesque mountain vista. Expand your lunch break palate at one of our 86 places to taste the Smokies or other authentic cultural dishes that will leave you wondering why packing a lunch was ever okay. When the weekend hits and you and you’re free to roam, head outside and embrace our 522,427 acres of “this is just what I needed.” While times may still be a bit unusual, you might as well dip your toes in and embrace it.

If the world’s your oyster, you’ve just found your pearl.

It’s Easy to Call Haywood Home

Haywood County is located in western North Carolina and is packed full of landmarks like Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Appalachian Trail. Not to mention our 200 mobile landmarks, which you can catch roaming and bugling through the Cataloochee Valley. Spacious, exciting, and a little off the beaten path from Asheville and Gatlinburg, Haywood is close to all the action with fewer crowds and less congested roads.

You’ll find that a stay in Haywood County is a little unusual…and a whole lot of fun.

How to Embrace Unusual in the NC Smokies

“Craft” the Ultimate Brewery Tour 

Choose your brews and the places to let loose. Haywood County is your destination for local craft breweries and delicious bites.

See what’s hoppin’


Our restaurants are crafting up dishes that will make your mouth water. Try our farm-fresh meals to take your tastebuds on a flavor rollercoaster.

Check out our tasty eateries.


While you can’t go wrong with a classic cabin, consider embracing the unusual with unique accommodations. “Yurt” sure to have a blast.

Find your unique home away from home.

Unique Experiences You Can’t Miss


Check out all of the best spots for you and your furry friend to explore. We have several places to accommodate pets that will have tails wagging.

See our pet-friendly locations


We’ve all heard the song, but if you ask us, we love a good waterfall hike too. We have tons of great places to explore the beautiful mountain scenery for any hiker—experienced or not.

Check out our must-see waterfalls.


Have you herd? Our favorite antlered locals are waiting for their close-up at Cataloochee Valley. Haywood welcomes all elk enthusiasts to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures.

Start your elks-perience here.


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