Maggie Valley, North Carolina near Asheville

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 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 and a complete Christmas Shop.

Wheels Through Time

A must-see is Wheels Through Time, an impressive motorcycle and car museum (read more) with a an amazing collection. There are many "mom and pop" motels and great local restaurants. Just west of town are the Blue Ridge Parkway, Soco Falls and Cherokee.

Directions from Asheville (35 miles): Take I-40 West to Exit #27 and follow signs for the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway (US 19 South).

Things to Do in Maggie Valley

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.
Wheels Through Time Museum
Wheels Through Time Museum
See hundreds of classic motorcycles and automobiles in Maggie Valley in one of best transportation museums in the country. This massive collection includes more than 300 of America's rarest and most historic classic motorcycles.
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, with best times just before sunset. Take a picnic and tailgate. Also, tour historic buildings or hike.
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.
Elk Tours
Cataloochee Valley Tours
Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains is a special place that is not easy to get to, but hard to forget. Take a guided eco-tour with a naturalist to see the elk on one of their tours: Evening Elk Eco-Tours, Spring Wildflower Hike, or Synchronous Firefly Night Walks. Reservations required.

Festivals

Hillbilly Jam, Maggie Valley
Hillbilly Jam
Friday, July 28, 2017 to Saturday, July 29, 2017
Head to Maggie Valley to celebrate mountain country living with music, crafts, car show, moonshine and TV celebrities. 

Stompin Ground

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

Ghost Town in the Sky

Ghost Town in the Sky: This longtime favorite amusement park has had a turbulent time recently with closings and openings. Take a 2017 photo tour of the abandoned park!

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