Maggie Valley, NC - Insider's Guide

Maggie Valley, NC

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" town with vintage motels, fun festivals, car and motorcycle rallies, plenty of craft shops for browsing and lots of other things to do. Get in touch with your inner hillbilly with bluegrass music, moonshine and clogging. Most all businesses are located along Soco Road, a five-mile stretch of US Highway 19. Your first stop should be the Maggie Valley Visitor Center (1110 Soco Rd), open every day with friendly and helpful locals.

Wheels Through Time Museum, Maggie Valley

A must-see is Wheels Through Time (62 Vintage Lane - along Soco Road), an impressive motorcycle and car museum with an amazing collection of many rare items. They are open April-November. Read more.

Elevated Mountain Distilling, Maggie Valley

New in town is Elevated Mountain Distilling (3732 Soco Road), located just a mile from Wheels Through Time. Take a free tour and see the fanciest moonshine still around. Taste some of their spirits and browse their store with great t-shirts and souvenirs. Read more.

Cataloochee Ranch

Stay on a ranch and ride horses high in the Great Smokies at Cataloochee Ranch. Or stop by for lunch, dinner and hiking. Read more!

Plus, find many mom-and-pop motels in Maggie Valley with that authentic vintage, down-home style with much lower rates than Asheville. Go to the Maggie Valley website for a motel directory.

Cabbage Rose, Maggie Valley

Don't miss the longtime favorite Cabbage Rose (3388 Soco Road), a knick-knack shopper's dream complete with a Christmas Shop. Be careful, you could get lost in this big place packed with things you didn't know you needed! New in 2018 is the Soco Wine Shop (2779 Soco Road), the only fine wine market in the valley.

Stompin Ground

Watch Appalachian dance at Stompin' Ground (3116 Soco Road), the clogging capital of the world. Dance with your honey to live country and bluegrass music (clogging lessons offered). They are only open on Saturday nights, April through October. See our Stompin' Ground Guide

The Maggie Valley Opry (3605 Soco Road) is very simple in appearance but boasts legendary performances by owner Raymond Fairchild, a five-time "Banjo Player of the Year". He's a lifetime member of the "Bluegrass Hall of Fame" and has recorded 20+ albums during his 50+ years in music. Showtime is 8 PM on Thursday-Saturday nights, April-October.

Maggie Valley Festival Grounds

The Maggie Valley Festival Grounds (3422 Soco Road) hosts a big variety of events year-round, including the Hillbilly Jam, art festivals and many car shows and rallies. For the latest events calendar for Maggie Valley, go to their website.

Cataloochee Ski Area, Maggie Valley

Cataloochee Ski Area is usually the first open with their 18 mile-high slopes and trails with 100% snowmaking and 3 lifts. Their ski and snowboard school teaches all ages, including a special center for ages 4-12. They are located about 3 miles up the mountain from town. Tube World (4721 Soco Road) offers 12 lanes of snow tubing in the valley. Read more about Cataloochee Ski Area!

Nearby Towns: Just five miles east is Lake Junaluska and eight miles away is downtown Waynesville. Cherokee is 17 miles west.

Directions from Asheville (35 miles): Take I-40 West to Exit #27 (US 74) for the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway. In about 4 miles, take exit 103 for US 19 South/Maggie Valley.

More: For additional info on things to do, restaurants and places to stay in Maggie Valley, go to their website.

Maggie Valley Things to Do

Soco Falls
Soco Falls
This rare twin waterfall is located roadside near Maggie Valley and Cherokee. You can easily miss it since there are few signs! The observation deck is a short walk from a small parking area. You can also hike down to the base of both falls.
Elk in Great Smoky Mountains
Elk in Cataloochee, Great Smoky Mountains
Watch the elk in beautiful Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The best time is just before sunset. Take a picnic and tailgate. Also, tour historic buildings or hike.
Cataloochee Ranch, Maggie Valley
Stay high in the Great Smokies on this authentic guest ranch, complete with horseback riding (May-November), winter skiing, lodge, cabins, restaurant, hiking trails and mile-high views. Explore the 1000-acre ranch at 5,000 feet elevation on a tractor-drawn wagon, fish in ponds, or sit around the campfire. 24 rooms & cabins, from $185... read more
Lake Junaluska NC
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 Methodist church retreat.
Hemphill Bald Hike
Hemphill Bald
(5 miles, moderate) See sweeping views of the Great Smoky Mountains from atop the grassy summit at 5,600 feet elevation. Hike from Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley.
Elk Tours
Cataloochee Valley Tours
Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains is a special place. Take a guided eco-tour with a naturalist to see the elk on one of their tours: Morning & Evening Elk Eco-Tours, Spring Wildflower Hike or Synchronous Firefly Night Walks. Reservations required.
Waynesville, NC
Waynesville
Downtown's quaint old buildings, brick sidewalks, galleries and general store take you back to a more leisurely time. Each summer, Folkmoot U.S.A. 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.
The Swag Country Inn
Adjoining the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this all inclusive, luxury hotel offers rooms and private cabins at 5,000 feet elevation that are individually decorated and include many amenities atop a ridge overlooking the mountains. Dining is an event, prepared with the finest local ingredients and produce from the hotel’s... read more
Boyd Mountain Log Cabins
Historic hand-hewn log cabins are carefully restored and tastefully furnished with a mixture of antiques and modern conveniences situated on 140 private acres. Beautifully restored cabins overlook the Great Smoky Mountains, stocked fishing ponds and a Choose-N-Cut Christmas tree farm, 7 cabins, from $180, 2-4 bedrooms, wood-burning... read more
Cataloochee Ski Area, Maggie Valley
Cataloochee Ski Area, Maggie Valley
Located at 5,400 ft. in the Great Smoky Mountains, their 18 slopes have 100% snowmaking with 5 lifts on 50 acres. Ski and snowboard rentals, packages, kids & adult school and nearby tubing park. Gentle slopes for novices while seasoned experts take on Upper Omigosh. Located 40 miles west of Asheville in scenic Maggie Valley.
NC Smokies Guide
Waynesville & Maggie Valley Visitors Guide
Order the 56-page free "Visit NC Smokies" guide to Haywood County, home to small towns of Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton and Clyde - in the Great Smokies, Pisgah National Forest and along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Purchase Knob, Great Smoky Mountains
Purchase Knob & Cataloochee Divide
(4-6.5 miles round-trip, moderate) Hike the Cataloochee Divide Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the ridge from Purchase Knob to Hemphill Bald for great mountain views.
Buffalo Creek Caboose Cabin
Stay in a real caboose or luxury log cabin on a working mountain farm with bison, llamas, goats, alpacas and more in Pisgah National Forest. Interior of the cabooses transformed to have all the modern conveniences, full kitchen, living room, bedroom, bath with heated tile floor and outdoor deck. 2 Cabooses, 7 Cabins, from $165/night, sleeps 2... read more

Top Maggie Valley Festivals

Maggie Valley Crafts Festival
Maggie Valley Summer Arts and Crafts Show
Saturday, July 6, 2019 to Sunday, July 7, 2019
Meet 100 artisans and crafters from the Southeast with a big variety of art, outdoors at the Festival Grounds (3374 Soco Road) in Maggie Valley. 9 AM-4 PM each day. Free admission and parking.
Hillbilly Jam, Maggie Valley
Hillbilly Jam
Friday, July 26, 2019 to Saturday, July 27, 2019
Head to Maggie Valley to celebrate mountain country living with music, crafts, big car show, moonshine and TV celebrities. 
Maggie Valley Labor Day Arts and Craft
Maggie Valley Arts & Crafts Show
Saturday, August 31, 2019 to Sunday, September 1, 2019
Meet 100 artisans and crafters from the Southeast on Labor Day Weekend with a big variety of art, outdoors at the Festival Grounds (3374 Soco Road) in Maggie Valley. 9 AM-4 PM each day. Free admission and parking.
Smoky Mountain Elk Fest
Smoky Mountain Elk Fest
Friday, September 13, 2019 to Saturday, September 14, 2019
Go to Maggie Valley to celebrate the elk and our great outdoors with a big festival on Saturday and other special tours and events. 
Maggie Valley Fall Crafts Fair
Maggie Valley Fall Arts & Crafts Show
Saturday, October 19, 2019 to Sunday, October 20, 2019
Meet 100 artisans and crafters from throughout the Southeast with a big variety of art. Outdoors at the Festival Grounds (3374 Soco Road) in the valley. 9 AM-4 PM each day. Free admission and parking.
Maggie Valley Christmas
Maggie Gets Lit
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Kick off the season at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, 12-6 PM, for a Christmas Market, Santa Strut, clogging, music, ugly sweater contest, best dressed pet, kids zone and food. Gather at 6 PM for the tree lighting. Free. Donations of coats and non-perishable food welcomed.

Ghost Town Reopening?

Ghost Town in the Sky

Ghost Town in the Sky: This longtime favorite amusement park has been closed for years. We are very excited about effort to renovate and reopen it - hopefully in 2020. Take a behind the scenes photo tour!

This tiny mountain town (population around 109 people) offers an authentic trip back in time, making it one of the coolest small towns in the NC mountains. With its "... read more
Experience a variety of North Carolina mountain live music and dance traditions including bluegrass, old-time, blues and clogging in and near Asheville. Thanks to the Blue Ridge Music Trails of NC... read more