Plan Your Visit
Waynesville is located at the Gateway to the Smokies. From hiking and enjoying the outdoors to a stroll down Main Street to visit with local artists, there is much to see and do.
Downtown Waynesville Association
9 South Main Street
Waynesville, NC 28786
Local resource for news, parking, shops and events in downtown Waynesville.
Haywood County Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 600
Waynesville, NC 28786-0600
Haywood Tourism Development Authority
P.O. Box 1079
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
Phone: 828-926-5426 or 800-624-4431
Smoky Mountain Host
4437 Georgia Road
Franklin, NC 28734
A regional travel information clearing house covering the such locations as Andrews, Bryson City, Dillsboro, Cherokee, Highlands, Maggie Valley, Waynesville, and Fontana Dam.
North Carolina Travel and Tourism
For more information on where to go, what to do, and where to stay in the Old North State, visit North Carolina Travel and Tourism online at visitnc.com. Or call 1-800-VISIT NC for a free trip planning guide. For a vacation you'll always remember, come to a state you'll never forget.
Things to do
Downtown Waynesville Cardio Trail
Walk the international way. Tour 6.2 miles Downtown Waynesville. Maps and information available at Mast General Store.
Haywood Arts Regional Theatre
HART is Haywood County's community theatre and is located in the historic Shelton House just south of Main Street. Be sure to check the calendar for great performances throughout the year.
This historic home houses The Performing Arts Center and Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts. Located just south of Main Street at the corner of Pigeon and Shelton Streets, the Shelton House is open May through October, Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Blue Ridge Parkway
The Parkway is known as "America's Favorite Scenic Drive" and the North Carolina section has been deemed an All-American Road. This 469-mile ribbon of highway is one of the most visited of our National Parks. Its scenery is unsurpassed, and the parks along the way make interesting stops to picnic, hike, or camp.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The park itself was established in the early 1930s by the federal government, which sought to preserve the natural beauty of the area. Around 270 miles of roadway and 900 miles of hiking trails traverse the park. Some of the more popular attractions within the park are the Cataloochee Valley (a small settlement of churches, houses, barns, and a school in a remote section), Mingus Mill (an excellent example of a grist mill powered by a water turbine), and the Oconaluftee Pioneer Farmstead, where interpreters explain life as it was generations ago. Friends of the Smokies and the Great Smoky Mountain Association are great resources to help plan your visit.
Cataloochee Ranch and Ski Resort
Cataloochee is an Indian word meaning "wave upon wave." Its literal meaning is readily apparent with a visit to Cataloochee Ranch. The 1,000-acre property was acquired in 1938 and transformed from a sheep and cattle ranch to a blend of historic buildings and outdoor activities—hiking, horseback riding, tennis, and in the winter, downhill skiing and snowboarding.
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
The actual rail line was a part of the Western North Carolina Railroad. Today, short excursions rekindle the romance of the rails for thousands of visitors each year. Especially popular are the leaf-looking trains during the fall. Some trips are coupled with a rafting trip. Stops along the way offer a unique blend of shopping and restaurants. "Excursions on the Great Smoky Mountains Railway are slow enough to savor the sights, sounds, and smells of the beautiful mountains, yet fast enough to grasp the romance of rail travel." You'll also want to check their calendar for trips for the young and the young at heart that capture the magic of Charlie Brown and Snoopy and other popular characters.
Oconaluftee Indian Village
The Village recreates a Cherokee community as it would have appeared several hundred years ago. Craftsmen demonstrate the making of canoes, basket weaving, and beading, as well as other typical tasks. The outdoor drama "Unto These Hills" chronicles the tribulations of the Cherokee people from the time of the Spanish explorers until their final removal from their native land via the Trail of Tears.
Not too far from Waynesville, Maggie Valley boasts a rich mountain history and has everything you need, from unique shops and restaurants to great places to stay, no matter the season. If you like to get off the beaten path, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway are just a hop and a skip away. Stroll through history at the Wheels Through Time Museum, home to the world's premier collection of rare American Vintage Motorcycles or enjoy a day relaxing in town.
Biltmore House and Gardens
The largest private home in America. Built by George Vanderbilt in 1895, the estate encompasses 8,000 acres and has some 250 rooms. Also on the estate grounds are the Biltmore Gardens and the Biltmore Winery and vineyards. Several events are hosted by Biltmore House over the course of the year—the two most prominent are the Festival of Flowers in April and Christmas at the Biltmore from mid November until the first weekend in January.