The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area starting January 2 at 10:00pm through January 3 mid-day. Conditions could be hazardous so plan ahead and stay safe. Learn more here.


The HCTDA has made the tough decision to cancel the Smoky Mountain Elk Fest this weekend due to the forecasted weather from Hurricane Ian. Safety of our event visitors is top priority.

Elk Fest may be cancelled but we’re still celebrating the Elk at the Haywood County Visitor Center located at 1110 Soco Road, Maggie Valley.

Come see us Thursday through Saturday to experience The Great Elk Tour, a traveling conservation exhibit that showcases some of the largest bull elk in the world and promotes why great elk need great habitat. Also make a stop in the visitor center for snacks and souvenirs.

Plan An Elk Watching Adventure

Grab your Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, smartphone along with these tips and head into the great outdoors to snap a photo of the beautiful elk in our area.

Elk Watching 101

Plan Your Stay

Come for the Elk Fest and experience that and more. We have a unique variety of accommodations including B&Bs, cabins, cottages, hotels, campgrounds and resorts. You’re sure to find the perfect place for your stay.

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