WINTER NC SMOKIES STYLE
Wintertime in the NC Smokies will lift your spirits… literally. Maggie Valley is home to Cataloochee Ski Area, where you can race the slopes on your skis and snowboard at over 5,000 feet in elevation. For a more laidback approach to the slopes, take in some high-speed runs of snow tubing at Tube World. Bring the chills with other cool activities like scenic winter hikes, incredible live music and entertainment, and cozy spots to relax and warm up with local libations. Trust us, Haywood County brings a whole new meaning to winter wonderland!
Cataloochee Ski Area
With 18 slopes and trails, Cataloochee Ski Area offers mountains of fun for everyone, from skiers to snowboarders, novices to veterans.
Tube World in Maggie Valley offers snow tubing fun for all ages! Enjoy racing down the slopes from mid-December to early March.
Kids Ski and Ride Center
Let your kids learn the slopes and have a blast with Cataloochee Ski Area’s CAT Trackers Ski & Snowboard Program. Who couldn’t use a snow day?!
Sam’s Summits Loop Trail
Head up Hwy. 215/Lake Logan Rd. to access the Sam’s Summits Loop Trail, located in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area of the Pisgah National Forest. As this area borders the Blue Ridge Parkway, it is often inaccessible via the Parkway in the winter due to road closures, but the trailhead for Sam’s Summits is accessible year-round.
Blue Ridge Parkway Hikes
Due to the freezing temperatures of the higher elevations, portions of this roadway are closed to car traffic for the winter season—but it’s spectacular for foot traffic! You can find entrances in Waynesville, Maggie Valley, and Canton. Just be sure to dress accordingly and keep in mind that higher elevations often mean colder temperatures and wind.
Lake Junaluska Walking Trail
Lake Junaluska offers a wonderful and serene 2.3-mile walking trail that circles the lake. Enjoy the beautiful mountainous landscape that surrounds the lake as you take a leisurely stroll. During a walk around the 2.3-mile walking trail, you will cross both the Turbeville Footbridge and the bridge above the dam. This is a great activity for all ages and abilities.
Time to get toasty! There’s nothing better than sipping a steamy hot drink on a frosty cold day. Lucky for us, there are many unique and cozy spots to grab a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or tea in Haywood County. Whether you’re looking for a quick brew on the go or wish to stay and savor a latte with friends, you’re sure to find your new go-to spot. We’ve rounded up some of the best coffee spots to help make the decision just a little easier.
Smoky Mountain Coffee Roasters
444 Hazelwood Ave, Waynesville, NC 28786
Organic Bean Coffee Co.
3680 Soco Road Maggie Valley, NC 28751
39 Depot St, Waynesville, NC 28786
Coffee Cup Cafe
48 Haywood Park Drive, Clyde NC, 28721
Choose N’ Cut Christmas trees
Enjoy the timeless tradition of choosing your own NC grown Frasier Fir Christmas Tree. Fun for the family and a fresh addition to your home
Take a break from the chill of the outdoors for indoor shopping. Fill your bags and stuff your stockings with holiday treasures from our specialty shops!
The holidays are a lively time for the arts in Haywood. Take in a show at HART Theatre or browse the locally handcrafted creations of local artisans.