Downtown Waynesville, North Carolina Vacation Guide

Waynesville, NC

About 25 miles from Asheville is the quaint town of Waynesville with many things to do. Its downtown has a surprising number of fine galleries and specialty shops. There are many things to do and special events to enjoy. Along with the popular Mast General Store, there are about a dozen galleries and a variety of antique shops, home furnishing centers and gift shops.

Waynesville is Haywood County's oldest town with over a century of experience as a quaint mountain retreat. Even before the railroad made it easy to get here, visitors flocked to Waynesville for the cool, clean air, clean water, outstanding scenery and an opportunity to escape sweltering cities. It's one of our Top 10 Civil War Sites.

Waynesville, NC

Downtown Waynesville's quaint old buildings, brick sidewalks, galleries, tempting foods and old-time general store will take you back to a more leisurely time. A time when people made you feel welcome and when you could slow down and really savor the present. When it's time to dine, there is everything from hearty country fare to the local specialty mountain trout, to fine international cuisine and high-end gourmet. The award-wining theatre features a full schedule of performances.

Nestled between Main Street and the Richardson River in Waynesville is the Historic Frog Level. With the still operating railroad depot and eleven historic buildings, get a look into what built this great town. Find a variety of shops, art galleries, antiques, and brewery.

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Folkmoot U.S.A. attracts entertainers from all over the world and features two free events in downtown each July (See our Folkmoot Guide).

The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts is housed in the historic Shelton House. It showcases distinctive art, handicrafts, and furniture created by North Carolina artists, including intricate woodworking, weaving, quilting, pottery, dolls, a Native American room, and many other artifacts. The house, an excellent example of a typical Charleston-style farmhouse of the era, was built in 1875 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

On four Friday nights in the summer, come down for the Mountain Street Dances. Put on your cloggin’ & square dancin’ shoes and enjoy an old-fashioned mountain hoe down in front of the Historic Courthouse.

To celebrate the Christmas season, Holly Days is the first weekend of December, starting with the Art After Dark on Friday evening and ending with the parade on Monday night. The second Saturday night of December is A Night Before Christmas, an old-fashioned celebration with caroling, wagon rides, Bethlehem market place and luminaries.

Waynesville B&Bs, Cabins & Hotels

Windover Inn
This romantic 1910 Colonial Revival Inn with wrap around porch veranda is nestled between the Blue Ridge Parkway and Smoky Mountains. Walk to downtown Waynesville. 8 rooms, $125-$195, 2-person whirlpool tubs, pillowtop mattresses, in-suite breakfast, candlelit fireplaces, beautiful outdoor spaces, walk to Downtown Waynesville, and 30... read more
Brookside B&B
This one-story, ranch-style Inn offers luxury and elegance with just a touch of rustic charm. The oversized guest rooms all have newly renovated bathrooms, sitting areas and fireplaces. Relax on back patio with mountain views. 5 rooms, $139-$189, Wi-Fi, beverages and afternoon snacks, flat screen TVs with cable and DVD player &... read more
Andon Reid B&B
Voted one of the top 25 B&Bs in the USA and ideally located to enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains, Biltmore and Asheville, this historic B&B provides casual comfort and friendly hospitality. 7 rooms & suites, $155-$219, complimentary breakfast and afternoon baked treats, Jacuzzis, fireplaces, wrap around port,... 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.
Boyd Mountain Cabins
Historic hand hewn log cabins are carefully restored and tastefully furnished with antiques and modern conveniences. Nestled in a 130-acre cove overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains, stocked fishing ponds and a fraser fir tree farm! 7 cabins (1-4 bedrooms), from $180, wood-burning fireplaces, kitchens, washer & dryer, wifi, fire... read more

Waynesville Top Events

Folkmoot USA
Folkmoot USA
Thursday, July 21, 2016 to Sunday, July 31, 2016
North Carolina's Official International Festival is a two-week celebration of the world's cultural heritage through folk music and dance with performances, parade and more.
Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration
Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration
Saturday, June 11, 2016
A full day celebration of traditional mountain craft, food, and entertainment in downtown Waynesville. Demonstrations of Appalachian life skills & crafts, storytelling, mountain music & clogging, home-style food vendors. 10 AM –5 PM, Free.
Apple Festival
Apple Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 15, 2016
This festival in downtown Waynesville features live mountain music, dance, craft and demonstration booths, apples, cider, fresh fried pies, and other apple delicacies. 10AM-5 PM. Free
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Church Street Waynesville Art & Craft Show
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Main Street is transformed into an art & craft marketplace for this one-day event; widely known as one of the finest juried art shows in the region. Also enjoy live mountain music, clogging, entertainment, and food.

Waynesville Craft Breweries

BearWaters Brewing is a microbrewery with a full service Tap Room with a very large selection of locally made craft beers. 130 Frazier Street Suite 7, Waynesville

Frog Level Brewing Company has some of the smoothest craft beer to touch your tongue, from the bite of their IPA to the smokiness of their Scotch Ale. 56 Commerce Street, Waynesville 

See many more craft breweries on our Asheville Beer Guide.

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First Fridays May-December:  "ART after DARK" with galleries & studios open until 9 PM with special artists showings, displays, and refreshments. Look for the WGA group flag representing the Waynesville Gallery Association.

Directions to Waynesville from Asheville: Take I-40 West to exit 27 onto Hwy 74.

For a romantic evening watching elk graze a short distance away, drive to the Cataloochee Valley section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Watch elk from the roadside (do not approach them... read more
The Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for its streams and hiking trails to waterfalls. In addition, you can mountain bike,... read more
Cold Mountain, North Carolina, located 35 miles from Asheville, has received notoriety from the best-selling Charles Frazier novel Cold Mountain and the acclaimed 2003 motion picture. The movie was... read more
Soco Falls is a beautiful, double waterfall on the edge of Cherokee Indian Reservation, located between the towns of Maggie Valley (5.5 miles) and ... read more