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 plenty of 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 7 days 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 a an amazing collection with many rare items. They are open April-November. Read more.

Elevated Mountain Distilling, Maggie Valley

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.

Maggie Valley Motels

Find many mom-and-pop motels in Maggie Valley with that authentic vintage, downhome style! Also find much lower rates than in nearby Asheville. Go to the Maggie Valley Web site 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 with and a complete 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 is legendary with performances by owner Raymond Fairchild, a five-time "Banjo player of the year". He's a lifetime members 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 Resort

Cataloochee Ski Area is usually the first open their 18 mie-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.)

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 Web site.

Caboose Cabin Rental

Near Maggie Valley, stay in caboose turned luxury vacation rental on a bison farm! Read more about Buffalo Creek.

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 Web site.

Nearby 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, with best times just before sunset. Take a picnic and tailgate. Also, tour historic buildings or hike.
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.
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.
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.
Haywood County NC Guide
Smoky Mountains Visitors Guide
Order the 56-page free 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.

Top Maggie Valley 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. 
Maggie Valley Labor Day Arts and Craft
Maggie Valley Arts & Crafts Show
Saturday, September 2, 2017 to Sunday, September 3, 2017
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 21, 2017 to Sunday, October 22, 2017
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.

A Look Back: Ghost Town

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. It's closed and for sale. Take a 2017 photo tour of the abandoned park!

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 music and dance traditions including bluegrass, old-time, sacred music and clogging. Appalachian mountain music includes many instruments, styles and... read more