WINTER NC SMOKIES STYLE
Wintertime in the NC Smokies takes fun to a whole new level… literally. Maggie Valley is home to Cataloochee Ski Area, where you can ski and snowboard at over 5,000 feet in elevation. Or head down the mountain for a round of snow tubing at Tube World. There are tons of other cool activities like scenic winter hikes, incredible live music and entertainment, and cozy spots to relax and warm up with local craft beer or glass of wine. Trust us, Haywood County is exactly where you want to be this winter!
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.
Purchase Knob offers a wide range of biodiversity and other appealing aspects all encompassed in a four-hour or less walk. Its winter accessibility, summer butterfly and wildflower abundance, and amazing panoramas make Purchase Knob the perfect hike. Easy to Moderate grade.
Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center 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.
There’s nothing better than sipping a hot drink on a cold day. Lucky for us, there are many unique and cozy spots to grab a cup of coffee in Haywood County. Whether you’re looking for a quick brew to go or want to savor a latte with friends, you’re sure to find a spot to call your new favorite. We’ve rounded up some of the best coffee spots to help make the decision just a little easier.