Haywood County - Maggie Valley Golf Course, Hiking Trips NC  
Hiking & Biking
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When it comes to exploring the mountains of Haywood County it would be tough to find a place to begin, as there are so many opportunities. Haywood’s multiple peak landscape allows for backpacking and hiking trips NC across the Great Smoky Mountains, and the Appalachian Trail makes a seventy-mile trek through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the major influences on the tourism in Haywood County. There are 850 miles of trails and unpaved roads that wind throughout the park. In fact, seventy miles of the Appalachian Trail can be hiked in Haywood County, as there are plenty of designated campsites and shelters surrounding the trail. Popular hikes include Chimney Tops, a strenuous trudge with spectacular views, Laurel Falls Trail, a hike that concludes at an 80-foot waterfall, and Mount Le Conte, the most often visited towering summit at 6,593 feet.

The isolated land of the Cataloochee Valley is located in the northeast portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and considered to be nestled among the most rugged peaks in the southeast. There are three hiking trails in particular that invite visitors to explore the abundant wildlife and take in the picturesque views of the surrounding mountains. Hiking trails like Cataloochee Divide, Caldwell Fork and Pretty Hollow Gap offer moderate to strenuous paths for outdoorsmen to conquer.

Just off of Interstate 40, lies Harmon Den Wildlife Area at the very top of Haywood County. This is a popular destination for backpackers and hikers alike. There are several trails that lead into its interior. Harmon Den offers primitive campsites for those roughing it in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Harmon Den is also a favorite of cyclists.

Shining Rock Wilderness is also a unique place to hike. The Art Loeb Trail can be followed to the top of Cold Mountain, where Charles Frazier's historical fiction novel came to life. Cold Mountain extends into the sky to more than 6000 feet and is centered among the Balsam Mountains peaks. Shining Rock Wilderness is surrounded by an emerald paradise.

Haywood County has an abundance of ideal properties and sites that rest hillside to the beautiful green grasses of the surrounding golf courses. Haywood County has a lot to offer the family golfer upon their multiple golf courses that scatter the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Maggie Valley Golf Course is a par 72, 18-hole regulation length course that is open to the public for golfing among the lush blue grass. The course is challenging for not only beginners, but for those seasoned players as well. The front nine are referred to as the Valley Nine, and the remaining more challenging are called the Mountain Nine. Maggie Valley Golf Course can be enjoyed year-round due to the ideal climate.

Waynesville Country Club Inn & Resort is nestled among the Great Smoky Mountains in Waynesville North Carolina. The flawless 27-hole course is made up of three separate par 35, 9-hole courses atop the vibrant green color of bent grasses. Gorgeous blue juniper trees can be found scattered among the more than 2000 yards of greens. Waynesville Country Club & Resort is a vacation getaway for the entire family; it’s got something to offer everyone.

Iron Tree golf Course, located in Waynesville North Carolina, is a public par 35 course. The 9-hole course is open year round to accommodate golfers of all abilities. The gently rolling fairway is covered in lush Bermuda grasses. The course features a creek that winds through the center of several holes. Watch out for the sand bunkers as you are captivated by the beautiful surrounding Smoky Mountains.

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Maggie Valley Club
1819 Country Club Drive
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
Waynesville Country Club
176 Country Club Drive
Waynesville, NC 28768
Iron Tree Golf Course
636 Iron Tree Drive
Clyde, NC 28721
Lake Junaluska Golf Course
756 Golf Course Rd
Lake Junaluska, NC 28786
  Laurel Ridge Country Club
788 Eagles Nest Rd
Waynesville, NC 28768
Springdale Country Club
200 Golfwatch Rd
Canton, NC 28716

Horseback Riding
Grab your boots and saddle up for a horseback riding experience you’ll never forget. Riding among the Great Smoky Mountains in Haywood County North Carolina is truly a unique experience.

Hemphill Mountain Campground & Stables is a family-friendly facility that is completely surrounded by the Great Smokey Mountains. Hugh Messer, owner of Hemphill Mountain, offers guided scenic trips near Hemphill Bald on a loop that features wildflower meadows, overlooks and a hidden waterfall. Hugh’s more than fifty years experience as a horseman makes him the ideal choice for first time and young riders. Hugh has more than twenty horses ready to guide you on the most pleasurable of rides.

Cataloochee Ranch offers horseback riding trips between the months of April and November. Cataloochee Ranch allows riders the option of riding through their ranch or through the nearby Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Not only do they offer full and half-day trip options, but private rides are available for an additional fee. Full day rides last about seven hours and includes lunch. Cool rhododendron tunnels will provide you a sense of peacefulness and a break from the blistering sun.

Panther Creek Outfitters, located in Clyde, offers a wealth of variety to guests of the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Horses and guides are available for hourly, half and full-day rides, overnight excursions and weekend getaways. Pony rides are also available for children.  
Hemphill Mountain Campground & Stables
32 Woods Road
Waynesville, North Carolina
Cataloochee Ranch
119 Ranch Drive
Maggie Valley, North Carolina
Panther Creek Outfitters
1114 Water Wheel Cove
Clyde, North Carolina

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