VISIT NC SMOKIES VISITOR CENTER --The Visit NC Smokies Visitor Center in Maggie Valley offers regional brochures, maps, directions, a calendar of events and public restrooms. Stop in and we will help make your Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway vacation one you’ll never forget. 
Along with its picturesque beauty, Haywood County and its five towns of Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton and Clyde offer year-round activities and events centered around food, heritage, music, art and the outdoors.                                           
Visit NC Smokies Visitor Center                                                  
1110 Soco Road
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
Call Toll-Free: (800) 334-9036
Hours of Operation
Open Year-round
Open 7 Days a week  8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day
From I-40 E
Take exit 20 for US-276 toward Maggie Valley
407 ft
Turn right onto US-276 S
5.9 mi
Turn right onto US-19 S/Soco Rd
Destination will be on the right
1.1 mi


When the heat of summer is on, there’s no better way to beat it than by heading to the cool, refreshing Smoky Mountains of Haywood County, NC. There are endless reasons why Haywood is the best vacation spot to cool off in during the summer, so we’ll just throw out a few of our faves.

For starters, Haywood County has 25 total mountain peaks soaring to elevations of over 6,000 feet, which makes it the county with the highest mean elevation east of the Rocky Mountains. And we all know the higher the elevation, the cooler it gets, so start climbing!


We’ve all tried to beat the heat in a neighborhood swimming pool, but trust us: you haven’t truly cooled off until you have taken a leap into a mountain-fed, natural swimming hole. Swimming holes are natural pools of water created by our local streams and rivers that are perfect for swimming. Haywood County is home to many awesome swimming spots, so we will just share a few of our favorites.


No matter which one of our five mountain towns you stay in, it’s easy to get to some of the best hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With more than one-half million acres of park between North Carolina and Tennessee, you’ll never run out of beautiful vistas. Here, you can find some of the most popular hiking trails in all of the park, like Black Balsam, Devil’s Courthouse, and the Art Loeb Trail.
Don’t forget to download free maps of our favorite hiking trails!

 Find Detailed Information @ Visit NC Smokies 

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