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 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.
New in 2017 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.
Find many mom-and-pop motels in Maggie Valley with that authentic vintage, down-home style! Also, find much lower rates than in nearby Asheville. Go to the Maggie Valley website for a motel directory.
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!
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, $12/person.
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. Go to their website for ski conditions. (Tip: Don't use GPS to find the ski area. The only entrance is from Soco Road, Highway 19 - turn on Fie Top Road by the old Ghost Town theme park.)
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.
Near Maggie Valley, stay in caboose turned luxury vacation rental on a bison farm! Read more about Buffalo Creek.
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.