Maggie Valley has been a popular family resort town in the mountains of North Carolina for many years. It's only 35 miles west of downtown Asheville. It's a laid-back, old-fashioned mountain town with many local shops with art, crafts, home furnishings and much more. Don't miss the Cabbage Rose, a shopper's dream with Vera Bradley, Donna Sharp, Marie Osmond, apparel, fashion jewelry, watches, Jim Shore, home décor and a complete Christmas Shop. While the ladies shop, the men will love Wheels Through Time, a massive motorcycle and car museum. There are many "mom and pop" motels and great local restaurants. Just west of town are the Blue Ridge Parkway, Soco Falls and Cherokee. Ghost Town in the Sky will fully reopen in 2013. From Asheville, take I-40 West to Exit #27 and follow signs for the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway (US 19 South).
Best Maggie Valley Things to Do
Wheels Through Time Museum: Don't miss his fabulous motorcycle and transportation museum, one of the best in the country. See our Wheels Through Time Guide.
Soco Falls: This spectacular twin waterfall is just a few miles west of Maggie Valley. See our Soco Falls Guide.
Cataloochee Ski Area: See our Asheville Ski Guide.
The Stompin Ground: (Friday and Saturday nights‚ April through October) If you want to see a variety of Appalachian and other American country dance styles performed in one place and at the same time‚ the Stompin’ Ground is your spot. The dance floor is enormous - 60 by 80 feet - with seating for nearly a thousand people. The Ivy Hill Band plays a variety of mountain and popular music‚ from old-time fiddle tunes to contemporary country hits. As soon as the first lick is played‚ dancers hit the floor with great gusto. Dressed in fanciful regalia‚ many couples wear matching outfits - shirts‚ boots‚ scarves‚ and hats - while they perform line dancing‚ square dancing‚ clogging‚ and the two-step with exact precision. While audience members are frequently encouraged by the emcee to join in‚ most are quite satisfied to simply watch the remarkable show happening there before them. Directions: From Interstate 40‚ take exit 20 for Maggie Valley. Continue 5 miles to the first traffic light. Turn right onto Hwy 19/Soco Road. The Stompin’ Ground is located approximately 3 miles down on the right.
Ghost Town in the Sky: This amusement park reopened partially in 2012 and plans renovations for 2013 season.