Smoky Mountains, North Carolina

Gather in Haywood County to visit the North Carolina Smokies. Home to several quaint mountain towns like Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton and Clyde, Haywood County features natural attractions like the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway with wildlife, hiking and long-range mountain views.

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Haywood County is comprised of five mountain towns, each of which brings its own culture and Appalachian heritage to the area

Groups will love spending time in Cataloochee Valley. This special section of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park features camping, picnic areas, hiking trails, several historic buildings and wildlife. The Elk were reintroduced in Cataloochee Valley making it the perfect place to see the herd. The Catalooche Guest Ranch, which opened in 1935, offers cabins at nearly a mile-high and horseback riding and fireside smores.

Haywood County is also home to two great conference retreat centers Lake Junaluska and Lake Logan, which appeal to everyone. Lake Junaluska has plenty of meeting space, a lakeside pool, walking trails, playgrounds, tennis courts and shuffle board. Lake Logan offers a more secluded experience with plenty of trails, canoes and streams for fly fishing. No matter which lake you visit, memories will be made.

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Five Great Mountain Towns

Whether you stay in Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton or Clyde, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina

For families wanting to elevate their experience, we have 46 scenic miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Along the parkway there are a variety of hikes like Graveyard Fields, Devils Court House and WaterRock Knob where you can visit waterfalls and enjoy scenic views. Afterward, head over to Elevated Mountain Distilling Company to take a tour and sip some moonshine.

Main Street in Waynesville is the perfect place for groups to unwind on their own. They can learn from local artists at a studio, shop for rare antiques, visit a general store or have a farm-to-table experience at one of our many local restaurants.

If festivals are important to your group, we’ve got you covered. In the summer, you can listen to music at the Cold Mountain Music Festival, celebrate moonshine at Hillbilly Jam or see countries from around the world perform at the Folkmoot International Festival. In the fall, people flock to Waynesville for the Apple Harvest Festival and Church Street Art & Crafts Festival. Finally, in December, you can attend the Balsam Range Art of Music Festival or Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska.


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Our group loved exploring the North Carolina Smoky Mountains, especially seeing the elk in Cataloochee Valley.

– Angie Bozeman, Heritage Tours

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Lodging Inventory

  • Total hotels – 35
  • Total hotel Rooms – 1,621
  • Cabins / Rentals – 825
  • Campgrounds / RV Parks – 8

Group Perks

  • Itinerary Planning
  • Tour Planner / Visitor Guide
  • Assistance with Hotels and Attractions
  • Site Inspection
  • Hiking Maps

Top Attractions

  • Great Smoky Mountain National Park
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Wheels Through Time Museum
  • Elevated Mountain Distilling Company
  • Historic Downtown Waynesville
  • HART Theatre
  • Cataloochee Ski Area
  • Shelton House, Museum of NC Handicrafts
  • Bear Waters Brewing
  • Frog Level Brewing
  • Boojum Brewing

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