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Family Fun in the Smoky Mountains in Haywood County, NC


Traditions start with family, and Haywood County has plenty of nostalgia and classic adventures to fuel your next memory making moments. The area offers uncomplicated experiences, reminiscent of a time when families hit the road together, grabbed a burger and shake at the local drive-in, stopped and picked blackberries along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and ended the day at a cozy roadside motel.

Haywood County has preserved these unique traditions with a variety of classic motels, souvenir shops, attractions, diner-style restaurants, shops, and museums that will take both you and your family back to a time before the everyday distractions of technology and busy schedules. It was just you, the open road, and nothing but a grand adventure ahead.


Fantasy Golf & Game Room

Enjoy an 18 hole putt-putt masterpiece featuring waterfalls, a lighthouse, and a magnificent view from the 18th hole tower. Open 7 days a week in June, July, and August! 

Feeding Bison

Even if you are not staying at Buffalo Creek Vacations, there is so much to explore and adventures to have at the ranch with a Day Pass. Advance booking is required.

Waynesville Recreation Center

Waynesville Rec Center

This 64,000 ft2 facility has a water play park,  rubber walking track, basketball courts, weight, aerobics, and spin cycle rooms, cardio area, racquetball courts, and more. Also enjoy summer camps like the Mountain Music & Arts camp here hosted by the Haywood Arts Council.

Feel The Sun On Your Skin

Explore Lake Life

Rent a kayak, paddle board, or canoe at Lake Junaluska or enjoy the lakeside pool and putt putt. Head to the more remote Lake Logan and explore the waters with a Day Pass.

sunburst swimming hole

Sunburst Swimming Hole

One of the area’s best swimming holes—Sunburst has two main swimming areas with clear mountain waters. A popular spot among monarch butterflies in the Summer months too!

Winchester Creek Farm

Enjoy Waynesville’s family-owned and operated 20-acre farm with rolling green pastures, alpacas, cows, goats, pigs, variety of miniature farm animals and a gift shop.