Waynesville NC 2015 Best Visitor's Guide

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Eat. Stay. Shop. Play. Waynesville NC is located in the western part of the state of North Carolina, situated within the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains of the Appalachians. Waynesville is the seat of Haywood County and is home to Tuscola High School Mountaineers. The Blue Ridge Parkway is 5 miles away, and Cold Mountain - from the book and movie of the same name - is within eyeshot. Need a relaxing travel destination this year?  Waynesville, NC is truly one of America's best kept secrets!
And, Waynesville-NC.com is the most popular visitor's guide for the town.


What to Do

Explore Waynesville's natural beauty. Enjoy local craft beer. Eat at one of numerous restaurants. Shop for old and new. There are plenty of things to do here!

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Events

Discover annual and seasonal events in Waynesville, NC.  From the International Folkmoot Festival to summer's Fourth of July Stars and Stripes Celebration.

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Visitor Info

Find a hotel, bed and breakfast, cabin rental or accommodations. Food and Drink.  Outdoor Activities. Arts & Culture. Shopping. Tours and Adventure. Locate a realtor.

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Waynesville NC is one of America's best kept secrets. This quaint retreat is located in a small valley in western North Carolina, approximately 25 miles west of Asheville. You'll find crisp, cool air and clean mountain water, as the Waynesville NC weather is pleasant year round. The panorama is unlike any other place in the world.

Waynesville is part of Haywood County, one of 100 counties in North Carolina, and is the county seat. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains (roughly 6,000 feet high), Waynesville is also graced by the nearby Pisgah National Forest.

My Favorites Spots in Waynesville

Bearwaters

With a climate controlled taproom and ten signature beers on tap, Bearwaters Brewing offers a sampling via "flight paddles".

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Sweet Onion

There are plenty of places to eat in Waynesville NC but none compare to the Sweet Onion!  Fine dining.  Quiet, off Main Street location.

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Tipping Pont

Grab a sandwich or some local trout while you down a pint of Chunky Gal Amber, Punch in the Face IPA, or Hiking Viking Blonde ale..

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A small, friendly and historic town - consisting of about 8 square miles - Waynesville has about 10,000 of America's friendliest people, all living at the perfect 2,500 - 3,000 feet in elevation.

In Waynesville NC, you'll find an excellent selection of galleries, antique stores, and gift shops. If it's simple living you desire, or a quick break from the fast life, Waynesville and the surrounding communities offer plenty of relaxation, fun, and entertainment. Go fishing in one of the crisp cool rivers and streams, hike the renowned Cold Mountain (from the movie), ski and snowboard the surrounding slopes, or just sit under one of the shade trees that line down town Waynesville.

Waynesville NC has about 10,000 of America's friendliest people, all living at the perfect 2,500 - 3,000 feet in elevation!

Speaking of down town, you can tour one of Waynesville's art galleries, visit the local general store, photograph your children with banjo-playing metal art statures, or grab a tasty French bread sandwich at one of the local bakeries. Situated conveniently near Asheville - the new "Beer Capital of the Eastern U.S. - you will enjoy the many micro-brewed beers the area has to offer, including the four (as of July, 2015) craft breweries in town! Shops and stores line both sides of Waynesville's downtown stretch. A 19th century courthouse is situated at one end, while a newly renovated police station can be found at the other. No one is in a hurry, people drive very slow, and crosswalks are respected.


Waynesville History

Waynesville, NC was founded 1810 by Colonel Robert Love, who named the town after his former commander, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (pictured).

Love was an American Revolutionary War soldier from Virginia. He was born in 1760 in Augusta County, Virginia. Love joined the Virginia Militia in 1776, out of present-day Wythe County. As a member of the North Carolina legislature, Love represented Washington County (now in Tennessee) for one year - 1879. In 1792, he was elected to the NC state senate... more

Waynesville NC Map


Frog Level

Visit the historic "Frog Level" district just below the Waynesville courthouse area, where the rail road runs through. It gets its name for being close to Richland Creek. When flooding occurred, the frogs would move to the higher elevation - one equal to today's Frog Level district.

Ok, so I'll content there's not much to the name. But, there are several retail businesses that call Frog Level home. Each year in spring, a street festival called "The Whole Bloomin' Thing" offers thousands of visitors a nature-themed festival... More Info

Waynesville NC is a simple small American town nestled inside lush Blue Ridge Mountain peaks, within an hour's drive to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are four seasons here, including an infamous autumn, which sets the surrounding North Carolina mountains on fire during October and November with brilliant orange and red fall foliage. A common statement often heard by locals is, "I wasn't born here, but I got here as fast as I could!"

If you are planning to visit our beloved Waynesville NC, be forewarned - you'll enjoy your visit so much that you may end up moving here!


Downtown Waynesville NC is a perfect example of what small town America is supposed to look like.  Meander along the shaded sidewalks and window shop as you take in the fresh air and beautiful panorama.  Here is a photo tour...

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After a few days in Waynesville, you'll want to get out and explore the surrounding area. The nearby Blue Ridge Parkway and it's countless attractions and 50-mile breathtaking views will leave you with a true sense of awe...

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Like to fish, hike, or mountain bike?  There is a small radius filled with wonderful locations for doing all these things.  Make Waynesville your home base while you embark on daily outdoor activities only the Southern Appalachians can offer...

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If grabbing your gear and teeing off into the sometimes foggy tranquility sounds like your type of morning fun, you won't be disappointed with our golf courses...

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Waynesville has a good selection of restaurants to satisfy any palate. From basic country cuisine like biscuits and gravy to fine dining, we have it...

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You've visited Waynesville so much over the past years and figured it's time to relocate. The first step is to speak with one of our Real Estate agencies...

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Waynesville NC Weather
The weather in Waynesville is mild, with warm summers, cool autumns, cold winters, and warming springs.

Restaurants in Waynesville NC
When it comes to finding good food, there are several quality restaurants, bar and grills, and eateries.

Waynesville NC Hotels
So, you need a place to stay?  No worries.  Try one of our cozy Bed and Breakfast's, motels, or cabins.

Bogarts Restaurant
One of the town's most regarded restaurants.  If you are looking for good food prices, this is for you.

Ingles Grocery
Head over to Ingles for all your grocery needs.  One of about 200 Ingles chain groceries in the area.

Wells Funeral Home
A respected funeral home in Waynesville for more than 100 years.

Urgent Care
This is where you go when you are sick, but not enough to warrant a visit to the ER. Two locations in Waynesville.

Downtown
Where its happening! Walk the cozy sidewalks and take in the shops, street art, and culture.

Mountain Projects
A community action agency, serving Haywood County since 1965.

Old Stone Inn
This mountain lodge and restaurant is currently for sale (June 29, 2015).  Seven buildings. 18 guest rooms.  Price: $900k.

The Lodge
The Lodge is a hotel in Waynesville offering complimentary coffee and doughnuts in the lobby.  Queen-sized beds, no-smoking in all rooms. All rooms are poolside.

Movie Theater
If you are looking for a regular movie theater in Waynesville NC, you're out of luck.

Cabin Rentals
Nothing says living rustic like a night in a 19th century cabin.

Barbers Orchard
Barbers Orchard is a produce market/fruit stand that is open Monday - Sunday from 9am until 6pm.

Things to Do
There are plenty of things to do in Waynesville NC.  From browsing shops on Main Street in this Historic town to visiting the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway

Music Box
The Music Box is a DVD and video store in Waynesville, NC.

Dentist
Here is a selection of dentists in Waynesville.

Shopping
Shopping is a fun part of any visit to Waynesville NC.

Go Grocery
Go Grocery provides surplus grocery products which they purchase from producers at discount.

Hair Salons
Time to get that hair done?  Here is a small listing of hair salons in Waynesville NC where you can do it.

Herren House
A Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, NC.

Pisgah Inn
Situated at about 5,000 feet in elevation on Mt. Pisgah, the Inn offers basic rooms at a reasonable price.

Garrett Funeral Home
Garrett's present building, built in 1968 features a chapel for 250 guests, cushioned seats, a piano...

Cold Mountain
Take a hike up the famous Cold Mountain, from the movie.

Mast General Store
Quality goods for the living, coffins & caskets for the dead.

Churches
A listing of churches in Waynesville, NC.

Sweet Onion Restaurant
Without question the best restaurant in Waynesville NC!

Waynesville Inn
The Waynesville Inn is a golf resort and spa located in Waynesville, NC.

Frog Level
Visit the historic "Frog Level" district just below the Waynesville courthouse area.

Carolina West Dental
With a staff of about 20 people, 8,000 square feet, and 8 chairs.

Homes for Sale
Buying or selling a home or land in Waynesville area.

Waynesville NC Newspaper
There are a couple newspapers that service Waynesville NC.

The Swag
The Swag features an award-winning restaurant, awesome accommodations, and world-class hiking trails.

Oak Park Inn
Old-fashioned lodging for visitors to Waynesville, North Carolina.  Nice place!

Tractor Supply
Located just outside of town off Highway 19.

Haywood County
One of the 100 counties in the state of North Carolina, Haywood is located in the western part of the state.

Bed and Breakfast
One of the most enjoyable ways to experience Waynesville NC is by staying at a bed and breakfast.

Parkway Inn
The Parkway Inn motel offers rooms for smokers or non-smokers, honeymoon suites, and double-wide hot tubs.

Main Street Realty
Main Street Realty has a number of real estate agents/brokers to serve you.

Waynesville NC Map
Here is a large map of Waynesville, NC.

Hart Theatre
The HART Theater, or Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, is a community theatre showcasing regional talent.  Plenty of plays and musicals are performed in the 255-seat James Auditorium.

Population & Elevation
What is the elevation of the town of Waynesville?  How about it's population.  Here are some basic facts.

Autumn Care
Autumn Care in Waynesville opened in 1985 and provides 24-hour nursing care.

HVO
Producer of medical products and employer of local people with disabilities and disadvantages.

Pasquales
This is an Italian style restaurant serving authentic Italian or Mediterranean dishes.

Hospital
The primary hospital serving Waynesville NC and the rest of Haywood County is Haywood Regional Medical Center.

Tuscola High School
Tuscola is one of two high schools in Haywood County.  The other is Pisgah High School in Canton.

Sunburst Realty
A real estate agency/broker in business since 1974. 

Massie Furniture
A place to buy solid wood furniture in Waynesville, NC.

High Country Furniture
Furniture store in Waynesville NC.

Windover Inn
Windover Inn...

Star Ranch
This is an animal rescue location for abused and neglected horses.

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