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Clyde, North Carolina

Experience Appalachia unfiltered

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.


Clyde is located just 23 miles west of Asheville, North Carolina, 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 or just take a scenic cruise along the Blue Ridge Parkway and explore any of the towns you come across.

Explore Our Region

  • 7 Minutes → Lake Junaluska
  • 13 Minutes → Waynesville
  • 16 Minutes → Maggie Valley
  • 25 Minutes → Pisgah National Forest
  • 29 Minutes → Asheville
Regional Map of Clyde North Carolina Area


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Clyde, NC History

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.