Local Attractions


There are plenty of things to do in Western North Carolina. Attractions include: Maggie Valley, Historic Waynesville, The Pisgah National Park, Cherokee Indian Reservation, The Appalachian Trail, The Blue Ridge Parkway, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, The Nantahala National Park, The Biltmore Estate and Historic Asheville, North Carolina.

Maggie Valley & Waynesville recreational opportunities include:

Unique Seasonal Festivals: Ramp Festival (early May), International FolkMoot (July), Mountain Street Dancing (July and August), art and crafts shows (June, July, October), Tailgate Farmer's Market (June thru October), and more.

Restaurants: A wide range of choices in Waynesville and nearby Maggie Valley.

Shopping: Waynesville and Asheville offer quality antiques, arts and fine crafts.

Golf: The area hosts some of the finest courses found in Western North Carolina.

Trout Fishing: Some of the finest fishing on the Eastern seaboard. Local guides are available.

Canoeing and Kayaking: In a choice of rivers and lakes. Horseback Riding: Available at nearby stables and in the parks. Hiking: In the surrounding National Parks and on the famous Appalachian Trail. Skiing: At nearby Cataloochee Mountain in Maggie Valley. Whitewater Sports: Outfitters are located on several nearby rivers.

"Unto These Hills"

This powerful outdoor drama, with a cast of 130, brings to life the tragic history of the Cherokee people. It begins with the arrival of deSoto in 1540 and builds to a stirring climax with the cruel removal of all but a remnant of the Cherokee on the infamous Trail ofTears.
828-497-2111

Biltmore Estate

George Vanderbilt created Biltmore Estate in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains more than a century ago as a retreat for family and friends; a place to rediscover gracious hospitality and revel in nature’s beauty. His vision holds true today. Explore Biltmore House, a magnificent 250-room chateau filled with priceless art and antiques. Stroll through century-old gardens designed by America’s first landscape architect. Savor award-winning wines and taste our chefs’ creations using estate-raised foods. Enjoy our 8,000 acres of forests, farmlands, and rivers on bikes, horseback, and rafts.
800-624-1575, 828-225-1333

Blue Ridge Parkway

Approximately 46 miles of the 469 mile long Blue Ridge Parkway run through Haywood County. The parkway follows the Appalachain Mountain Chain and provides seemingly endless views of the area.

Carolina Nights Music Show

Carolina Nights Music Show is located in the heart of beautiful Maggie Valley centrally located between Asheville and Cherokee. Get ready for the most exciting evening of dining and entertainment in Western Carolina. Enjoy a mouth watering country dinner with all the traditional mountain fixin's, followed by a spectacular show with talented musicians and vocalist, and sidesplitting comedy.
888-622-7469, 828-926-8822

Cataloochee Valley

Cataloochee Valley is one of the best kept secrets in the North Carolina mountains. It is very secluded and peaceful. If you are planning to go there, four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended. It's well worth the trip. There are no hotels, motels, restaurants in there, so you may want to pack a picnic and take your own beverages. You will see a 95 year old home, an old church, and an old one-room school house. Now, let's go visit!

Cherokee Indian Reservation

Although the vast territorial holdings have long disappeared since 25,000 Cherokee ruled over 135,000 square miles covering parts of what are now eight states, a renewed interest in Cherokee culture and heritage is kept alive through legends and myths. The Cherokee museum, Indian village, and historic outdoor drama are examples of the rich heritage kept alive throughout the years.

Cradle of Forestry in America

828-884-5713

Diamond K Dance Ranch

We feature a Live Classic & Top 40 Country Music Dance & Show every Friday & Saturday Night. Featuring the Fabulous Full House Band at 8 PM. Free Line Dance Lessons every Friday Night at 6 PM.
828-926-7735

Eaglenest Entertainment

Eaglenest is the newest, and many say the best, music concert venue in Western North Carolina. We are proud to offer the very best in musical entertainment with nationally prominent musicians performing bluegrass, country, pop, oldies, gospel & Christian music as well as comedy and variety shows. But music is not the only entertainment you will enjoy in Maggie Valley. Our 800 seat theater is available for lease for any appropriate production, theatrical, musical, instructional as well as corporate meetings and special events, government meetings, training seminars and recording sessions. We have a variety of leasing packages available for your event. Just call the manager for details.
828-926-9658

Food Stores - Bi Lo

366 Russ Avenue, Waynesville
828-456-8222

Food Stores - Food Lion

Food Lion Shopping Center, Clyde
828-452-5838

Food Stores - Go Grocery

257 Waynesville Plaza, Waynesville
828-456-9818

Food Stores - Kmart

1209 Dellwood Road, Waynesville
828-452-0384

Food Stores - Wal Mart

201 Paragon Parkway (Food Lion Shopping Center), Clyde
828-456-4828

Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain's Calloway Peak is the highest point in the Blue Ridge Mountain range at 5,964 feet above sea level. Of the 59 peaks in North Carolina above 5,000 feet, Grandfather is one of only six in private ownership. There are several other peaks in North Carolina higher than Grandfather Mountain, with Mt. Mitchell being the highest in eastern America at 6,684 feet, but they are not in the Blue Ridge range. Most are in the Great Smokies. Mt. Mitchell is in the Black Mountain range.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) is the most visited of our National Park system. Why? The natural beauty and the four distinct seasons enjoyed in the GSMNP is unmatched! The Park includes over 500,000 acres with 800 miles of hiking trails, 10 campgrounds, 1,500 types of plants.
865-436-1200

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Marvel at the scenic beauty of the Carolina Mountains aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railway. You'll ride the rails past historic countryside, cascading rivers, and majestic peaks. The railway operates both diesel and steam locomotives which run from early March through December. Many of the cars have colorful histories and have been comfortably restored. You may select reconditioned coaches, crown coaches, club cars, dining cars, or open cars that are perfect for viewing and photo taking.
800-872-4681

Maggie Valley Opry House

Home of 5 Time World Champion Banjo Picker Raymond Fairchild Best Food, Best Entertainment, Best Rest, All In One Location. Located in the Heart of Maggie Valley across from Soco Garden Zoo. Featuring Traditional Mountain and Bluegrass Music and Comedy Selected by Country Weekly Magazine As One Of The Top 75 Places To Visit In 2001
828-926-9336, 828-648-7941

Mast General Store

Worn oak floors, a pressed tin ceiling and century old fixtures greet you in this rambling 1900's emporium. Discover old time mercantile items, quality outdoor gear, custom fit footwear and traditional clothing for all mountain seasons. Also visit Mast Candy Barrel. Waynesville NC.
828-452-2101

Ripley's Aquarium

A wonderful aquarium in Gatlinburg, TN a short and scenic drive from Maggie Valley. 1.4 Millions Gallons of Fun! Travel through the world's longest underwater tunnel! Pet Stingrays and hold Horseshoe crabs. Open 365 days a year!

Santa's Land Theme Park and Zoo

Family fun with a Christmas theme. Visit with Santa and his elves, visit gift shops and exhibits. Ride the rides or relax on the one-mile train ride. Have a picnic here or enjoy a meal in the deli. Enjoy family fun all day for one low admission price. In the fall, Santa's Land features the Harvest Festival in October with Mountain craft exhibits, a horse-drawn Sorghum Mill, fresh apple cider, a moonshine still, fresh apple butter and much more. Open daily from the first Saturday in April thru the end of October; every weekend in November, and the week of Thanksgiving. Located in Cherokee NC.
828-497-9191

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

There are plenty of things to do for everyone while visiting Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Canton and Clyde. Click on any of the links below to discover more of what we have to offer you. Check out what is going on in Haywood County.