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Waynesville NC - 2015 Best Guide

May 5, 2015 by Rick Morris

Waynesville NC is located in the western part of the state of North Carolina, situated between the Blue Ridge 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 about 5 miles away, and Cold Mountain (from the book and movie of the same name) is within eyeshot.

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

Love was an American Revolutionary War soldier from Virginia.  He was born in 1760 in Augusta County, Virginia.  He 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 North Carolina state senate.

Love once challenged a man to a duel after an argument broke out over the matter of a horse race.  Both were duelists, but the man he challenged declined to partake.  That man would later become the President of the United States.  His name... Andrew Jackson, who would never turn down another duel.

In 1789, Colonel Robert Love was a delegate to the Fayetteville convention and voted in favor of ratifying the Constitution.

In 1809, Love, now a wealthy man and the first elected Justice of the Peace for Haywood County, donated the land where the courthouse currently rests.  His original donation was for a courthouse, jail, and town square.  He sold lots to help pay for the Courthouse construction.  The area was called Mount Prospect.  Shortly thereafter, the new town was renamed "Waynesville". 

Love died in 1845 in Waynesville, NC and is buried in the town's Oak Hill Cemetery.

Monument in Waynesville, NC honoring the spot where Waynesville founder Colonel Robert Love and future Presidnet Andrew Jackson almost settled an argument with a duel.Anthony Wayne (1745 - 1796) was a U. S. Army General and Statesman. He had a fiery personality and a short temper - thus the nickname "Mad Anthony".  He quickly rose to the rank of Brigadier General.

During his early years, Wayne served with the Continental Army's invasion of Canada, at the aid of Benedict Arnold.  IN 1977 he was promoted to Brigadier General and served as commander of the Pennsylvania Line. 

Later he lead the attack at the Battle of Monmouth against the British. He was awarded a medal by Congress for leading a three-column, light-infantry, night-time bayonet attack and victory at Stony Point.

Wayne survived a mutiny (over pay and conditions) in 1781 while commanding the Pennsylvania Line.  That same year, he led another fearless bayonet charge, this time with Marquis de Lafayette's advance forces at Green Spring (Virginia). 

Picture of "Mad" Anthony Wayne.  Having been surrounded via a trap set by the British (Cornwallis), he ordered his men to fix bayonets and attacked the much larger British forces, winning the battle.  The victory earned Wayne great respect and significantly improved his reputation for being "Mad". 

In 1783, after negotiating a peace treaty with the Creek and Cherokee tribes, way was promoted to Major General (2-star) and provided a gift of land from Georgia. 

After serving for one year in the Pennsylvania state legislature, Wayne retuned to Georgia to live on the land awarded him.  He was a delegate to the state convention which ratified the U.S. Constitution. 

During the early 1790s, Wayne was recalled by President George Washing to head up a new military force called the Legion of the United States.  His job, form an Army and quell the Western Indian Confederacy.

In forming the new Army, Wayne established the first "basic training" for American soldiers.  The new soldiers were sent to Ohio to form "Fort Recovery".  A victory against the British-backed Indians at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in Ohio ushered the state into the Union in 1803.

Wayne died from gout in 1796 while returning from a trip in Detroit to Pennsylvania.  He was buried at Erie, but was disinterred in 1809 and moved to a family plot in Radnor, Pennsylvania.

In 1995, the towns of Waynesville and Hazelwood merged, and became Waynesville NC 28786.

Waynesville NC is one of America's best kept secrets.  This quaint retreat is located in a small valley in western North Carolina, approximately 30 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.  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 plenty 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.  Fish 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 Golf Courses Top Restaurants in Waynesville Waynesville Real Estate
Waynesville Inn Golf Resort
176 Country Club Drive Waynesville, NC 28786
(828) 456-3551

Maggie Valley Club
1819 Country Club Drive
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
(828) 926-6013

Laurel Ridge Country Club
49 Cupp Lane
Waynesville, NC 28786

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Sweet Onion
39 Miller Street
Waynesville NC 28786
(828) 456-5559

Bourbon Barrel Beef & Ale
454 Hazelwood Avenue
Waynesville, NC 28786
(828) 452-9191

Pasquale's Pizzeria
1863 South Main Street
Waynesville NC 28786
(828) 454-5002

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Sunburst Realty
147 Walnut Street
Waynesville NC 28786

Keller Williams Realty
2562 Dellwood Road
Waynesville NC 28786

Beverly Hanks
74 North Main Street
Waynesville, NC 28786

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Things to Do in Waynesville NC

Get out and enjoy Waynesville NC.  Here are several things to do in Waynesville NC.

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.  Shops and stores line both sides of Waynesville's downtown stretch.  A 19th century courthouse rests under 200-year-old Oak trees 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.

Visit the historic "Frog Level" district just below the Waynesville courthouse area, where the rail road runs through.  It gets its name from the for being close to Richland Creek.  When flooding occurred, the frogs would move to the higher elevation.  Ok, so there's not much to the name.  I agree.  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.

Waynesville NC is a simple small American town nestled inside lush mountain peaks.  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 will enjoy your visit so much that you may end up moving here! 

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Quick Facts About Waynesville NC

Waynesville NC Population 2012: 9,791
Change Since 2000: +10.4%

Males: 4,560 (47%)
Females: 5,220 (54%)

Median Resident Age: 47
North Carolina Median Age: 42

Waynesville NC Zip Code: 28786

Waynesville NC Hotels

There are a variety of hotels in Waynesville NC.  Whether you are lookin for a night's stay or a summer, you can find exactly what you are looking for in lodging here.  View a list of top Waynesville hotels, cabin rentals, or inns.  If you are bringing your recreational vehicle, you may be interested in one of the Waynesville's RV Parks.  For those of you who desire to live under the stars, try the camp grounds page.  If you want to feel like you're at home, discover the many bed and breakfast lodgings available.  For those who enjoy the good things in life, stay at one of Waynesville's country clubs or golf resorts.

Waynesville NC Restaurants

There are a number of restaurants in Waynesville.  It just depends on what you are looking for.  We have Chinese restaurants, Italian restaurants, Mexican restaurants, and good ole' fashioned country eateries.  If you desire a French bread sandwich or some other type of bistro food, try one of our bakeries and buffets.  Want to have a drink with your burger?  We have several bar and grills to wet your whistle. Or, are you looking for a place to enjoy that caffeine-rich coffee.  No worries.  We have coffee & espresso shops.  Perhaps you're in the mood for a thick and juicy rib-eye steak.  Then, check out our friendly steak houses.  Got a hankering for the flavor of the ocean.  There are several seafood restaurants in Waynesville.  Whatever you desire, it is certain that Waynesville NC knows food.  We have just about any style of restaurant available in any small town.

Waynesville Real Estate

Thinking about moving the Waynesville?  Well, you're going to need a good Waynesville NC real estate agent.  We can recommend several that will be more than happy to assist you in your search for a new home.  Whether you are looking to buy a new home or rent out your cabin for the winter, visit one of these recommended Waynesville realtors.  You'll be glad you did!

Waynesville Cabin Rentals

Looking to rent a cabin in Waynesville NC?  The area is loaded with choices.  There are log cabins and cottages situated near small streams, rocking chairs on on the porches, and scenery from the Gods themselves.  From full-sized log cabins to small, cozy 1-bedroom cottages, all can be had.  Some cabin rentals are within walking distance of the Blue Ridge Parkway... Others rest on the creek's edge.  Expect to pay from about $125 a night.

Spas Near Waynesville NC

There are a number of spas, day spas, and golf resort spas in the area.  The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa is arguably the best one around.  If offers spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains, as well as a 27-hole championship golf course.  If you don't mind traveling, there are several more spas within half an hour.

Ski Slopes in the Waynesville Area

Western North Carolina receives typically 40" - 60" of annual snowfall.  Most slopes are open for about 130 days.  If skiing or snowboarding is your thing, then you have to visit Waynesville's top ski slope, the Cataloochee Ski Area!  You can also check out nearby slopes at Appalachian Ski Mountain, Ski Beech Resort, Ski Sapphire Valley, Sugar Mountain Resort, and Wolf Ridge Resort.

What to See & Do in Waynesville NC

Visit the Tuscola Mountaineers High School Website for All Things Mountaineers Sports.

Blue Ridge Mountains
Waynesville NC is situated within the Blue Ridge Mountains, as part of the Appalachian Mountains of the eastern United States...

Historic Mast General Store
On the National Register of Historic Places, Mast General Store has been around since 1883...

Cold Mountain
Part of the Great Balsam Mountains, Cold Mountain is 6,030 feet in elevation, raising above the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Appalachians.

Waynesville Weather
We have 4 seasons of fun!

Waynesville NC Elevation

Waynesville Area History
Discover the rich culture and history of Waynesville, North Carolina!

Waynesville NC Zip Code

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Appalachian Trail Waynesville
  History of the Appalachian Trail
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Trail Route - Part 1
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Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway Map

Grandfather Mountain
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Great Smoky Mountains

Photo Galleries
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Down Town Waynesville
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