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Why Choose Haywood?
We are all enthusiastic about the quality of life available in this community. Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Haywood County has very mild summers and thanks to the southern latitude, mild winters. The annual average temperature is 54 degrees; the temperature averages 38 degrees in January and 71 degrees in June. The county averages 47.5 inches of rainfall and 12.2 inches of snowfall each year. Haywood County offers a unique array of world-class cuisine, fine shopping, a wealth of performing and cultural arts activities, and fairs and festivals, year-round. Asheville is 25 minutes away by interstate and is one of the top cultural destinations of the southeast. Learn more about Haywood county communities here: http://web.haywood-nc.com/live/our_community.aspx. Haywood county is the third largest county in Western North Carolina and host to fourteen peaks of elevations of at least 6000 feet (more than any east of the Mississippi).
Downtown Waynesville is a vibrant, friendly small town nestled near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with magnificent mountain views of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Fine shops, galleries, restaurants & microbrew pubs are all within walking distance of Main Street's tree lined brick sidewalks. Historic buildings, relaxing benches, public art & welcoming folks make Waynesville a thoroughly enjoyable place to live & visit. Numerous popular events, parades & festivals occur throughout the year. The heart of Appalachian culture and heritage, Waynesville hosts Folkmoot USA, North Carolina's official international music and dance festival annually. The town also features Art After Dark on the first Friday evening of the month from May until December. Waynesville has garnered several honors and recognition, including being voted as a “Low-Cost Eden,” “Best Undiscovered Town”, “Best Main Street Town”, “Best Small Town”, and “Best Mountain Town” in the Third edition of America’s 100 Best Places to Retire, published by Where to Retire magazine.
Gorgeous Lake Junaluska has been a mountain retreat for the Methodist church since the early 1900s. Many do not realize that this lake "resort" is open for all to enjoy with plenty of things to do and places to stay. It's at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains near Waynesville and Maggie Valley, about 30 minutes west of Asheville. Spend the night lakeside, explore a dozen gardens, walk around the lake, play golf or take a boat tour (to name a few!).Source: https://www.romanticasheville.com/junaluska.htm
Maggie Valley is a Nature Lover’s Paradise. Maggie Valley’s proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains provides excellent hiking, beautiful waterfalls and a chance to admire wildlife. Named for the daughter of the area’s first postmaster in 1904, tiny Maggie Valley (elevation 3,018 feet with a year-round population of 1,100) is nestled in the high country of the Great Smoky Mountains, 90 minutes northwest of Highlands. Its proximity to Great Smoky Mountains National Park provides excellent hiking, beautiful waterfalls and the chance to admire the majestic elk herd that has been reintroduced successfully to the national park’s lovely Cataloochee Valley. But it’s music that really sets Maggie Valley apart. (Source: https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/articles/2016/4/18/maggie-valley-is-a-nature-lover-s-paradise)
Quaint, charming and full of stories, Clyde is the perfect place to stop in, relax and soak in the natural beauty of the mountains of North Carolina. A small town just west of Canton, Clyde is home to several of the county’s most interesting historic sites. It also features the second largest number of quilt blocks on the Haywood County Quilt Trails, an initiative that features quilt patterns throughout the county. Clyde is home to the Shook Museum at the Shook-Smathers House, considered to be one of the oldest homes still standing in the county. Built in 1795, the Shook-Smathers House was called the “oldest frame house west of the Blue Ridge” by Preservation North Carolina and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. (Source: http://visitncsmokies.com/clyde/)
Located along the serene banks of the Pigeon River in the eastern region of the county, Canton is known for its rich culture and storied history. Canton continues to grow into a must-see Smokies destination. From its popular events and outdoor recreational activities to its historic sites, a trip to Canton will give you a taste of a little bit of everything. If you are interested in taking a step back in time and immersing yourself in the culture of the Appalachia, Canton is the place for you. (Source: http://visitncsmokies.com/canton/)
Each year, millions of visitors are drawn to Western North Carolina by its breathtaking mountain vistas and vast array of outdoor recreational opportunities including world-class mountain biking, road biking, downhill skiing, backpacking, hiking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, camping, fishing, tennis, disc golf, hunting, and six well-groomed golf courses, including the Bob Cupp-designed course at Laurel Ridge Country Club. The county also hosts nine fitness facilities, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, farmers markets, 46 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail, Mountains to Sea Trail, and a 200 acre lake with walking trails. http://visitncsmokies.com/
- Cold Mountain
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Blue Ridge Parkway
- Cataloochee Ski Resort (Located in Maggie Valley)
- Central Haywood High School
- Haywood Christian Academy
- Haywood Early College
- Pisgah High School
- Tuscola High School
- Canton Middle School
- Bethel Middle School
- Haywood Christian Academy
- Waynesville Middle School
- Shining Rock Charter School