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Haywood County is west of Asheville and includes the towns of Waynesville, Canton, Clyde, Maggie Valley, and Lake Junaluska. In addition to great small towns to visit, hop on the easily accessible Blue Ridge Parkway to explore the Nantahala National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains with hiking, fishing, rafting, and waterfall hunting. 

Waynesville, NC

Downtown's quaint old buildings, brick sidewalks, galleries, and general store take you back to a more leisurely time. Each summer, Folkmoot USA. attracts entertainers from all over the world. The… read more

Downtown's quaint old buildings, brick sidewalks, galleries, and general store take you back to a more leisurely time. Each summer, Folkmoot USA. attracts entertainers from all over the world. The Museum of NC Handicrafts is housed in the historic Shelton House. On summer Friday nights, come down for the Mountain Street Dances.

Maggie Valley

This longtime mountain resort town has kept much of its local charm with vintage motels and plenty of gift shops with arts and crafts. Tour Wheels Through Time collection of classic cars and… read more

This longtime mountain resort town has kept much of its local charm with vintage motels and plenty of gift shops with arts and crafts. Tour Wheels Through Time collection of classic cars and motorcycles. Ski at Cataloochee. Festivals include Hillbilly Jam and Elk Fest.

Lake Junaluska

This beautiful lake town near the Great Smoky Mountains is home to trails, boat tours, golf, gardens and a big variety of lodging options, including lakefront hotels and cabin rentals for a… read more

This beautiful lake town near the Great Smoky Mountains is home to trails, boat tours, golf, gardens and a big variety of lodging options, including lakefront hotels and cabin rentals for a Methodist church retreat.

Canton, NC

A cozy small town in the Great Smoky Mountains, Canton is just 20 miles west of Asheville. Picture the Pigeon River meandering through a historic mill town; the same river that shaped this town's… read more

A cozy small town in the Great Smoky Mountains, Canton is just 20 miles west of Asheville. Picture the Pigeon River meandering through a historic mill town; the same river that shaped this town's story and provides excitement for adventurers.

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