Best Places to Visit in Maggie Valley for 2015
Although the city of Asheville was recently ranked among the top cities in the world to visit, nearby Maggie Valley is arguably one of the best small towns to visit in Western North Carolina. Set on the edge of Great Smoky Mountain National Park, it is known for its natural beauty and tranquility, but it is something of a goldmine when it comes to attractions and activities.
Here’s a short list of some of the town’s amazing attractions:
Wheels Through Time / The Museum That Runs
An internationally-known museum that boasts an outstanding collection of more than 300 of America’s rarest classic motorcycles along with thousands of motorcycle-related historical items, artfully arranged in dozens of exhibits. You don’t have to be a motorcycle enthusiast to love this amazing museum. It’s just plain fun to spend a day there.
The Blue Ridge Parkway and Waterrock Knob. The best vistas in Western North Carolina. Waterrock Knob, the 16th highest mountain peak in the Eastern US, is a short drive from the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance located in Maggie Valley. It offers breathtaking 360 degree views, an informative visitor’s center and several hiking trail that lead from the large parking area to the mountain peak. A special place to visit at sunrise or sunset—or any time in between.
An absolutely stunning double waterfall that continues to delight on repeat visits. Accessible via a very short, well-worn trail that winds from the shoulder of Route 19 down to a large viewing platform. Hikers looking for a challenge or a closer view of Soco Falls can follow a steep alternate path off the main trail to the very foot of the falls.
Cataloochee Ski Area
Winter in Maggie Valley offers the adventurous visitor a chance to experience and enjoy the outdoors in a variety of ways. Cataloochee Ski Area is perfect for novice and experienced skiers alike. Featuring affordable beginner skiing and snowboarding lessons, equipment rentals, and a friendly family atmosphere, Cataloochee is ideal for those who want to experience the slopes without the hassles and expense of a large ski resorts.
If skiing isn’t quite up your alley but you still want to experience the thrill of the slopes, Tube World offers an opportunity to hurtle through the snow on an inflatable tube. No expertise is required, making this perfect for the whole family.
Fantasy Golf & Game Room
An 18-hole miniature golf adventure featuring a waterfall, a lighthouse and great views. A delight for the entire family! After a lively game of putt-putt golf, adults can enjoy some relaxation while the kids play video and traditional arcade games for prizes in the Game Room.
Maggie Valley Opry House
The perfect place to sample pure, authentic Appalachian culture, the Opry House hosts traditional music from the region, including Bluegrass and Mountain Music. The Opry’s 28th Season of banjo pickin’ opens April 3, 2015. A unique experience in a downhome atmosphere.
Another of Maggie Valley’s premier music venues, the Stompin’ Ground hosts a variety of Appalachian and country dance performances on their huge 60 by 80-ft dance floor. The Ivy Hill Band provides a wide range of foot-stompin’ music from old time fiddlin’ to contemporary country music. Open Friday and Saturday, April through October.
Soco Craft & Tower
The self-proclaimed “most photographed view in the Smokies”, the Soco Craft and Tower offers visitors the chance to get their hands on a number of regionally crafted items in addition to offering wonderful views.
Also of note, Maggie Valley now has about a half dozen antiques shop/consignment stores and a least a half dozen new eateries including Sandra’s Maggie Valley Bakery, Cataloochee Bakery and Café, Country Vinyards Café, Frankie’s Trattoria, and Organic Beans Coffee Company.
So be sure to come to Maggie Valley NC ready to have some fun and create great memories!
We look forward to seeing you!