Welcome to the magic of Haywood County! The source of that magic can be as elusive as the mountain fog drifting through the peaks and valleys, settling first in that cove then on that ridge before hovering over a body of water. If you were to ask residents or visitors to describe what makes this area such a special place, you would probably get many different answers. But the one thing that they could all agree is that they love being here.

Whether it's the blazing autumn leaves, the sparkling white of winter snow, mountainsides covered with spring's new green leaves or fields of wildflowers and cool summer nights, there are reasons every season to enjoy Haywood County.



If it's mountain apples you crave in fall or the sights and scents of holiday celebration, mountain music passed down through generations or the creative beauty of handmade arts and crafts, we have festivals to thrill you all year long.



Maybe the great outdoors moves you most - fall leaves reaching peak color, skiing down the slopes in winter or a spring and summer filled with golfing, exploring trails on foot or horseback riding, fishing and rafting. Or maybe you are spending part of the year here and relish the cultural life of an authentic small town.

Naturally, with the Blue Ridge Parkway bordering the south and the Great Smokies and Pisgah National Forest on the northern end of Haywood County, the scenery provides unending delight. The grandeur of mountain vistas is punctuated by 19 peaks more than 6,000 feet in elevation, such as Cold Mountain, which inspired the national best seller and recent movie.

Haywood County Chamber of Commerce
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Waynesville, North Carolina 28786
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In February 2001, a herd of 25 elk was released into an acclimation pen at a site in the Cataloochee section of the park.

Rushing streams provide sparkling clear water and we are unique because no water flows into the county. Every stream, creek and river in the county originates here. Established in 1808, the 546 square miles of Haywood County include four towns - Canton, Clyde, Maggie Valley and the county seat of Waynesville.