If you’re looking for small-town charm amid the majestic Great Smoky Mountains, Clyde, N.C., fits the bill. The town sits just 23 miles west of Asheville and is home to Haywood Regional Medical Center and Haywood Community College (just outside the city limits). Steeped in rich Appalachian history, Clyde offers a scenic, peaceful backdrop to unique shops and restaurants.
Around 1,300 people call Clyde home. Properties in Clyde offer a variety of options. Established homes as well as newer modern builds dot the landscape; expansive lots offer the option to build a custom home with plenty of room to spread out.
Clyde is perfectly positioned near I-40 and US-23, and a short drive to Haywood County’s other scenic towns, including Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska and Canton. Nearby, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers easily accessible vantage points to soak in the soaring mountains for which the region is famed.
History and heritage in Clyde
Clyde is home to many popular destinations ideal for an afternoon of exploration. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Shook-Smathers House, built around 1795, is thought to be the oldest standing frame-built house in Western North Carolina. It once hosted regular worship services, as well as traveling Methodist Bishop Francis Asbury, a major influence on the region and within the Methodist faith. Today, it houses a museum with exhibits centered on the history and notable figures of the area.
The Haywood County Quilt Trails project connects communities by promoting quilting, rural heritage and storytelling through vibrant quilt patterns that are painted on pre-built wooden squares. The colorful blocks are installed on barns and buildings along major roads and rural countryside. Cultural and heritage lovers can enjoy locating blocks throughout Haywood County along the trails and learning the history behind site locations and the quilt patterns represented on the blocks.
Fishing and farm visits
Regularly stocked with rainbow trout, Ferguson’s trout pond in Clyde is a popular destination for the whole family. You can spend the day fishing or relaxing at the pond, or make a weekend of it by renting an on-site cabin. Fishing poles and equipment are also available. Additionally, there are famed Mountain Heritage Trout waters accessible in nearby Maggie Valley and Waynesville.
A number of farms call Clyde home. Two favorites to visit are Wildcat Ridge Farm and Jehovah Raah Farm. Wildcat, N.C.’s largest planted peony farm, is open to the public in May for its peony bloom, and by appointment June-October for potted plants. Visitors can rent the farm’s yurt for overnight stays. Jehovah Raah is a 42-acre animal fiber farm featuring alpacas, angora goats, Shetland sheep, llamas, chickens, and turkeys. Classes offered include spinning, weaving, beginning knitting and sheep 101.
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