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55 Haywood County Classics

55 Haywood County Classics

Growing up in Haywood County has so many perks, right down to the very little things, the things you tend to forget about and sometimes even take it a little for granted. There is no other place quite like Haywood County and the richness in being a small town, where everyone knows one another. You become familiar with that one traffic light that seems to always be stuck, seeing a tractor on a main back road isn’t anything out of the norm, and turkey’s hanging out near the roundabout on Old Asheville Road around spring/summer months is always funny and never gets old. It’s a little slower and very laid back and that’s just how we like it. We wanted to share with you some of what we consider Haywood County Classics tracing back to childhood favorites that are very much still alive and should be experienced at some point during your stay, because I’m not sure you’ll get this experience anywhere else.

  1. Take a lap around Lake Junaluska.

  2. Stop and smell the roses on The Rose Walk.

  3. Be sure to take bread with you so you are able to feed the ducks.

  4. Rent a canoe for a couple of hours on the lake.

  5. Have a picnic under the Lake Junaluska damn.

  6. Jump in the Lake Junaluska swimming pool.

  7. Walk downtown Main Street in Waynesville, NC.

  8. Go to a movie at The Strand.

  9. Go into Mast General Store (which by the way is the oldest MGS ever).

  10. Go downstairs in the MGS into the Candy Barrel and pick out all the classic sweets, (convinced it’s the best candy ever.)

  11. Grab a peach NE-HI from the Candy Barrel.

  12. Go over to the Classic Winesellar and have class of wine of your liking.

  13. Take a flight at the Boojum Brewing Company.

  14. Treat yourself to a bowl of chili from Bogarts.

  15. Go into Affairs of the Heart for some really fun gifts and pick out a pair of funny socks.

  16. Go into Spenceberry Antiques to see some of the oldest Grandfather Clocks and other really interesting antiques.

  17. Experience all the art galleries on Main Street for unique and one-of-a-kind local art.

  18. Grab some coffee from Panacea Coffee House.

  19. Enjoy a beer on the creek from Frog Level Brewing Company.

  20. Pick up an Oreo Milkshake and some tater-tots with a side of special sauce from Ammons Curbside service.

  21. Cruise up to Water Rock Knob to enjoy the sunset.

  22. Enjoy BBQ from Butts On The Creek in Maggie Valley and don’t forget to try their banana pudding.

  23. Cash Prize Bingo nights at the Maggie Valley Civic Association.

  24. Go day fishing just right under the Ghost Town Bridge.

  25. Take the chairlift up to Ghost Town in the Sky.

  26. Take a dive down Tony’s Tube World.

  27. Go Skiing at Cataloochee Ski Area.

  28. Grab a hot chocolate from the Cataloochee Ski Lodge.

  29. Take half-a-day horseback riding through Cataloochee Guest Ranch.

  30. Drive up to Old Cataloochee Valley and see the Elk around 5-6pm.

  31. Explore the homes, a school, a church and more of some of the first settlers in the Old Cataloochee Valley area.

  32. Watch the Folkmoot Parade.

  33. Play a game of Disc Golf at the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Course.

  34. Take your dog on a walk to the Dog Park near Allen’s Creek Walking Path.

  35. Play a game of putt putt at Fantasy Golf in Maggie Valley.

  36. Keep an eye out for Ms. Maggie and be sure to wave back.

  37. Play a game of tennis at the Waynesville Tennis Courts.

  38. Build a fire near a creek.

  39. Pick up an apple pie from Barber’s Orchard Fruitstand.

  40. Float down the Pigeon River.

  41. Float down the Pigeon River to Bearwaters Brewing Company for a cold brew..

  42. Go to a Tuscola vs. Pisgah High School football game.

  43. Attend a Block Party in Waynesville on Main Street.

  44. Wake up early and get pancakes from Joey’s Pancake House.

  45. Catch a live show at the Water’n Hole.

  46. Play a game of golf at the Waynesville Inn.

  47. Take a swim in Sunburst Falls.

  48. Fill up your water bottle with fresh water from the Fountain of Youth.

  49. Camp for a night in Max Patch.

  50. Jump into Midnight Hole part of Big Creek section of The Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

  51. Hike up to the highest peak in Haywood County known as Black Balsam Knob and snap a picture.

  52. Stop for lunch at Jukebox Junction.

  53. Go for a drive down Newfound Road.

  54. See a play at the HART Theatre.

  55. Go skinny dipping, in Skinny Dip Falls.