Haywood County’s centermost location offers
endless opportunities to explorers of all types.
Because the county rests at the front door of
several communities wealthy in heritage and
history, there are many nearby cities that are a
must-see. There are also plenty of popular
scenic drives throughout Western North Carolina
and many Thing To Do In Haywood County North
The Blue Ridge Parkway, the most famous riding destination among motorists of
all kinds, runs through Haywood County. The 469-mile parkway, between Shenandoah Virginia and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is adorned with wildlife, lush greens, and a plethora of overlooks. In fact, 46 miles of the parkway cuts through Haywood County during the highest and wildest portion of the ride.
Cherohala Skyway is a national scenic byway that extends between Robbinsville, North Carolina and Tellico Plains, Tennessee. The thirty-six mile drive, forces riders to trek 15 miles up 5400-foot mountains in North Carolina, just to descend 21 miles into the wooded Tennessee backcountry. The drive will take you through Cherokee and
the Nantahala National Forests.
If you are looking for a reflective ride you might coast down Henitooga. Henitooga is a one-way scenic road along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take a moment to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Western North Carolina Mountains.
Another scenic drive through the mountains is
Tail of the Dragon at Deal’s Gap. Tail of the Dragon is a favorite among motorcyclists as the ride features 318 curves on a short 11-mile stretch. You’re sure to hear a few tire screeches on this
thrill ride through the mountains.
In nearby Asheville North Carolina you will discover America’s Largest home, the Biltmore Estate. The magnificent 250-room chateau is perched atop 8,000 acres of the Blue Ridge. The home’s gardens are simply breathtaking. Also, on location is a vineyard that produces nationally known wine that can be tasted onsite at the winery.
Also located nearby Asheville North Carolina is Chimney Rock Park. Ride the elevator built into the mountain to the top for spectacular views,
or take your time and hike the trail to the top. Chimney Rock has several hiking trails open to the public for exploration. The park is open all year, so be sure to bring your family along.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians welcomes you and your family to Cherokee North Carolina for a cultural experience you’ll never forget. Cherokee culture is brought to life through ceremonial dances, ancient artifacts, legends, theatrical performances and traditional Cherokee arts and weaponry. The southeast Tourism Society invites you to the 2006 ‘Attraction of the year.’
All aboard! The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is a favorite among visitors to the area. On board you will meander through the ridges of Western North Carolina alongside rivers, farmlands, vibrant green valleys and a man-made lake. Choose from several half-day excursions that depart from Dillsboro and Bryson City North Carolina. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offers a little something special for everyone. Be sure not to miss out on the following adventures: A Day Out With Thomas, Pumpkin Patch Express, Polar Express and The Little Engine That Could.
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