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 Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway with jaw-dropping wildlife, hiking and long-range mountain views.

“It’s heartwarming to know that groups will have an authentic experience while visiting Haywood County. It’s truly remarkable to hear an elk bugle for the first time or see a mountaintop sunset.”
— Ben Wilder, tourism development manager, Visit NC Smokies

Visit NC Smokies


Main Street in Downtown Waynesville is the perfect place for groups to unwind. On their own, they can learn from local artists, shop for antiques, visit a general store and have the full farm-to-table experience at one of many local restaurants.


Elevated Mountain Distilling Co. is perfect for groups wanting to learn about the history of moonshine in Maggie Valley. Elevate the experience by tasting some of the finest craft spirits made with the purest water found right there in Haywood County. The Peach Pie Moonshine is a must-taste. 


The best place to see the elk and other wildlife is Cataloochee Valley. This special section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located near Maggie Valley. While exploring the 4-mile valley, groups can visit nine historic buildings, which include a church, school, barn and several homes.


The Blue Ridge Parkway follows the southern border of Haywood County for 46 scenic miles. Known as “America’s Favorite Drive,” groups can visit places like WaterRock Knob, Devil’s Courthouse and Graveyard Fields to see a waterfall, take a short hike or talk with a ranger.