Things To Do

Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

Cades Cove
Cataloochee
Deep Creek
Elkmont
Clingmans Dome
Fontana Dam
Mingus Mill
Newfound Gap
Roaring Fork
Cosby

Waterfalls:

Whether you’re looking for a roadside view of some of the highest waterfalls in the Western North Carolina Smoky Mountains, or, if you desire more of an adventure for the ultimate experience of exploring hard to find waterfalls, look no further than right here.  Visit http://www.stayandplayinthesmokies.com/explore/waterfalls/ for a list of nearby waterfalls.  This site will rate the difficulty levels, give coordinates and directions, as well as provide images and descriptions for each waterfall.

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469 mile ribbon of road that weaves through Virginia and North Carolina.  Visit https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/ for area information, camping, hiking and more.

Quick Links:

Blue Ridge Parkway Webcams
Blue Ridge Parkway Weather
Blue Ridge Parkway real-time road open/close status

A few of our recommended “Mileposts” and “Points of Interest” along our favorite stretch of The Blue Ridge Parkway (469-418):
Waterrock Knob MP 451.2
Richland Balsam Mountain Trail MP 431
Richland Balsam Overlook MP 430.8
Devils Courthouse MP 422.4
Graveyard Fields MP 418.8

Skiing and Snow Tubing​:

Cataloochee Ski Area
Snow Tubing

Rafting:

Rafting in the Smokies
Cherokee Rapids

Golfing:

Maggie Valley Club
Laurel Ridge Country Club
Lake Junaluska Golf Course
Waynesville Inn Golf Resort

Horseback Riding:

Cataloochee Ranch
​​​​​Queen’s Farm Riding Stables

Fishing:

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Mountain Heritage Trout Waters provide quality fishing opportunities in the Maggie Valley area. The NC Wildlife Resources Commission, which sells the Mountain Heritage Trout Waters license, gives anglers two quick and easy ways to purchase a license: on-line:  www.ncwildlife.org or by phone:  888-248-6834. The license is valid for a 3-day period and costs: $5 for residents and non-residents age 16 and older. The license is valid only for waters that are designated as Mountain Heritage Trout Waters. Stop by the Haywood County Visitor Center and pick up a free tackle box filled with 6 lures/flies and you can borrow either a fly rod or a spinner rod.

View the public access locations for Maggie Valley here: Mountain Heritage Trout Waters Map

Motorcycles:

It’s no surprise to see so many motorcycles in our area of the Smoky Mountains.  We have some of the most famous and most visited motorcycle routes that you’ll find. Visit http://www.stayandplayinthesmokies.com/explore/motorcycle-routes/ for routes, maps and directions.
Wheels Through Time
Wheels Through Time Museum is home to the world’s premier collection of rare American motorcycles, memorabilia, and a distinct array of unique “one-off” American automobiles. Located just 5 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Maggie Valley, North Carolina our museum houses a collection of over 350 rare machines.
Thunder in the Smokies
Thousands of bikers roll into the Great Smoky Mountains for the busiest motorcycle weekend of the year.  You can join us at the Thunder in the Smokies every spring, summer and fall for a weekend of fun.
Tail of the Dragon
Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap with 318 curves in 11 miles: America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road.  Designated US 129, the road is bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest with no intersecting roads or driveways to hamper your travel.

Harrah’s  Cherokee Casino

Don’t miss the action and excitement at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort! We now feature live table games like Blackjack, Roulette, Craps and more of your favorites! – https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-cherokee

Miniature Golf:

Fantasy Golf & Gameroom
Maggie Valley Carpet Golf
Maggie Valley Gem Mine

Santa Land Theme Park & Zoo


Santa’s Land Fun Park & Zoo is located in the Smoky Mountains on US Hwy 19 just 3 miles north of Cherokee, NC and the southern entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We are seasonal and open every day from mid-May until the end of October.

Cherokee Museum

The Cherokee community shows you how tradition mingles with the present, and the Oconaluftee Indian Village takes you back to 1750, well, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian takes you back all the way back to the beginnings of human existence here in these glorious, storied mountains. And because people learn best from stories, and recall best with stories, that’s how we bring the past to life here.

Great Smoky Mountains Railway


With 53 miles of track, two tunnels and 25 bridges, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will take you on a memorable journey through a remote and beautiful corner of North Carolina. Ride with us into river gorges, across valleys and through tunnels carved out of majestic mountains.