Welcome to Waynesville, North Carolina!
Experience Downtown Waynesville. You’ll Love It.
Waynesville, North Carolina, is the largest town in Western North Carolina and is a short drive from Asheville, NC. Downtown Waynesville has a quaint, urban charm, perfect for walkable shopping in local boutiques and gift shops for artisan goods. For visitors interested in enjoying a unique, flavorful Appalachian experience, Waynesville offers a vibrant farm-to-table restaurant and craft beer scene. Its proximity to popular hiking trails and waterfalls, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway makes it a perfect vacation destination for those looking to explore the great outdoors. Once you experience Waynesville, you’ll never want to leave! We’re sure You’ll Love It!
The fall color and weather in Waynesville is something special. Use our leaf-peeping adventurer’s guide to help plan your next trip!
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Downtown Waynesville is home to many diverse restaurants that serve up some of the finest homegrown entrées in the Smokies. There's something to satisfy every palate, including farm-to-table restaurants, local mom-and-pop diners and microbreweries.Find Places to Eat
Whether you are looking for a log cabin in the mountains for a family retreat, a cozy bed and breakfast for a romantic getaway, a charming inn rich in history, or a clean and affordable hotel, you'll find it all in Waynesville, NC. Discover your new favorite vacation rental.Find Places to Stay
Waynesville is home to a variety of family-friendly activities, including horseback riding, golf, nature tours, museums, theaters and shopping. Or just sit back in a rocking chair, sip some sweet tea and enjoy the fresh mountain air.Find Things to Do
Along Waynesville’s streets is a bustling group of unique, locally-owned stores that you can’t find anywhere else. Stroll around to find furniture stores, old-fashioned general stores, jewelry boutiques, bookshops, markets, and so much more!Find Places to Shop
Centrally Located to All Western North Carolina Has to Offer!
Waynesville, NC, is located 26 miles west of Asheville, NC, in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. Downtown Waynesville offers plenty of restaurants, specialty shops and even a Mast General Store within easy walking distance. But, if you do decide to venture out, its central location makes an ideal homebase for experiencing all Western North Carolina has to offer.
It’s just a short drive to other Haywood County towns including Maggie Valley, Lake Junaluska, Canton and Clyde. Visitors wanting a day trip adventure can take a drive on America’s original scenic highway, the Blue Ridge Parkway, or reach the Pisgah National Forest in approximately 30 minutes and Gatlinburg, TN, in 1.5 hours.
Explore Our Region
- 7 minutes → Lake Junaluska
- 10 minutes → Maggie Valley
- 30 minutes → Asheville
- 30 minutes → Pisgah National Forest
- 90 minutes → Gatlinburg, TN
Events in Waynesville
The heart of Appalachian culture, Waynesville hosts a wide range of events and festivals celebrating its unique heritage. Popular events include Folkmoot USA, the Church Street Art & Craft Show, Apple Harvest Festival, Mountain Street Dances and A Night Before Christmas. Come experience the unique traditions that make annual Waynesville events so special.See All Events
Waynesville, NC, History
Waynesville was officially founded in 1810 by Colonel Robert Love, an American Revolutionary War soldier, and named after the Colonel’s former commander, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne. On May 6, 1865, the last shot of the Civil War was fired just east of Waynesville in White Sulphur Springs, NC. During what has become known as the Battle of Waynesville, Union soldiers who retreated to Waynesville from White Sulphur Springs were able to intimidate Confederate forces into surrendering on May 9, 1865. Waynesville officially incorporated in 1871 and is today comprised of six distinct neighborhoods: Downtown, Frog Level, Hazelwood, Laurel Ridge, Russ Avenue and West Waynesville.