Picturesque Maggie Valley, N.C., nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains just 39 minutes west of Asheville, is home to eclectic restaurants and shops, as well as music and dancing. Famed for its festivals, car shows and arts & crafts fairs, as well as skiing and other snow sports, Maggie Valley offers a range of activities for visitors and residents alike.
Maggie Valley, in Haywood County, has a population of around 1,600 – although that number swells by the thousands throughout the year thanks to the town’s healthy tourism industry. Homes in Maggie Valley range from perfectly perched mountain estates to compact cottages to easy-living condos. Available lots are plentiful, making it easy to create your dream home from scratch.
Maggie Valley offers mountain beauty and unique attractions
Because of its optimal location, Maggie Valley serves up year-round fun with both its natural beauty and its unique attractions. Enjoy waterfall hikes and elk-watching excursions, or stop into Wheels Through Time, a museum with 250 rare antique motorcycles and automobiles. Maggie Valley is also famed for its Quilt Trail, which connects the community by promoting its quilting, rural heritage and storytelling using colorful blocks installed on barns and buildings. Maggie Valley’s many independent restaurants and shops reflect the area’s friendly small-town feel.
Snow sports in Maggie Valley, N.C.
Winter is a great time to be in Maggie Valley. The town’s big draw is Cataloochee Ski Area, a popular ski and snowboard resort offering 18 slopes and trails, lessons and special rates for day and night sessions. Afterschool and School Race programs are options at the resort, which also has a large lodge with cafeteria, fireplace and rental shop. Snow tubing at Tube World is another popular cold-weather activity in the area. The tubing park even offers a Wee Bowl Snowplay area for young children not tall enough to tube.
Outdoor pursuits like hiking, camping, biking, whitewater rafting and horseback riding are favorites in Maggie Valley. Golfing, whether at the Maggie Valley Club or miniature golf, is a popular warm-weather activity, as is fishing in the Heritage Trout Waters (a 3-mile section of Jonathan Creek in Maggie Valley).
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