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.

Maggie Valley Tubing

Winter time in Maggie Valley is a great destination for fun! Home to Cataloochee Ski Area and Tube World, it’s a great place to ski, snowboard and tube! Find plenty of scenic winter hikes, things to do or cozy spots to relax and warm up with local craft beer or a glass of wine. See their Winter Itinerary for some fun ideas.

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.

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! 

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

Waynesville, NC
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Swag Waynesville
The Swag’s secluded property features 17 newly renovated rooms, including cozy suites and expansive private cabins. Various rooms include a two-person soaking tub, fireplace, and private balcony with beautiful views of the Great Smoky Mountains. 45 minutes from Asheville. 17 rooms, suites, and cabins. $800-1500/night... read more
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
Visit NC Smokies Visitor 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.
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
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.
Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Top 30 in NC
Explore the most visited national park in the country! See our top places and things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains on the North Carolina side near Asheville. Four entrances to the Park are within 60 miles of downtown Asheville.
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Top Maggie Valley Festivals

Smoky Mountain Elk Fest
Smoky Mountain Elk Fest
Friday, September 30, 2022 to Saturday, October 1, 2022
Go to Maggie Valley to celebrate the elk and our great outdoors with a big festival on Saturday and other special tours and events. 
Hillbilly Jam, Maggie Valley
Hillbilly Jam
Thursday, July 21, 2022 to Saturday, July 23, 2022
Head to Maggie Valley to celebrate mountain country living with music, crafts, big car show, moonshine and TV celebrities. 
Maggie Valley Crafts Festival
Maggie Valley Summer Arts and Crafts Show
Saturday, July 9, 2022 to Sunday, July 10, 2022
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.
Maggie Valley Fall Crafts Fair
Maggie Valley Fall Arts & Crafts Show
Saturday, October 22, 2022 to Sunday, October 23, 2022
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 Labor Day Arts and Craft
Maggie Valley Arts & Crafts Show
Saturday, September 3, 2022 to Sunday, September 4, 2022
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.

Ghost Town Reopening?

Ghost Town in the Sky

Ghost Town in the Sky: This longtime favorite amusement park has been closed for years. Efforts continue to renovate and reopen it. 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