It's more than 2,000 miles long. It follows a path along the ridges and valleys of the eastern portion of America. Thousands of people hike along its paths each year. Some spend half a year doing thru-hikes - from top to bottom, or vice versa. It's the Appalachian Trail!
February 11, 2017 by Rick Morris
The Appalachian Trail can be accessed with about an hour's drive from Waynesville, NC. Take Highway 19 from Waynesville, towards Cherokee. Pick up Highway 441 North. It's a windy drive up the mountain to the Trail entrance at Newfound Gap. Check out the Appalachian Trail Conservancy website for more information and an interactive map.
The Appalachian Trail winds its way through Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. There is an extension to the Appalachian Trail, and it is known as the international Appalachian Trail. This unofficial portion extends north into Canada until it reaches the Atlantic Ocean. Many of the world's long distance hikers traverse this trail and to others (Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail), earning the title of Triple Crown hikers.
How Long is the Appalachian Trail?
The Appalachian Trail is about 2180 miles long. It extends through 14 states, a long the Appalachian Mountains. The southern most point is at Springer Mountain in Georgia, while Katahdin, Maine represents the Appalachian trails northern most point. Most of the trail leaves you walking through wilderness, although you will wind your way through a number of towns. Expect also cross several rivers and roads during your journey along the Appalachian Trail.
About 3 million people walk along parts of the marked Appalachian Trail. Each year, a few thousand people from around the world attempt to walk the entire length - something known as a thru-hike.
Completed in 1937 by the National Park Service, the Appalachian Trail is kept tidy by several thousand volunteers, the National Park Service itself, and the US forest service, as well as a number of other state organizations. There are also 31 clubs or groups located along the trail, which contribute manpower to keeping it clean and functional. There are about 250 shelters along the trail.
About 550 miles of the Appalachian Trail extends through the state of Virginia (the most), space while West Virginia, only has about 4 miles of the trail. Space the most difficult part of the trail to hike can be found in the states of Maine and New Hampshire. The easiest portions of the Appalachian Trail to hike include West Virginia and Maryland. For those who hike the entire trail, they will see an elevation gain of about 450,000 feet in total (that's about 16 times the height of Mount Everest). Of course, no one is climbing 450,000 feet into the sky!
If you're looking to connect with nature, there are plenty of amazing animals and plants that can be found along the Appalachian Trail. From porcupines, snakes, black bears and moose to skunk cabbage and flame Azalea, you will find more than enough flora and fauna along the trail.
There are hundreds of access points along the Appalachian Trail, many of which are near towns and cities along the Appalachian mountain chain. There are basically three types of people who walk along the Appalachian Trail: flip flopper's, who hike the entire trail a section at a time; thru-hikers, who hike the entire trail at once; and section hikers, who hike different areas of the Appalachian Trail over several years, eventually completing it. Less than 25% of thru-hikers actually complete the journey, with most. Starting in the South and heading north.
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.
One of the town's most regarded restaurants. If you are looking for good food prices, this is for you.
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.
This is where you go when you are sick, but not enough to warrant a visit to the ER. Two locations in Waynesville.
Where its happening! Walk the cozy sidewalks and take in the shops, street art, and culture.
A community action agency, serving Haywood County since 1965.
Old Stone Inn
This mountain lodge and restaurant is currently for sale (February 11, 2017). Seven buildings. 18 guest rooms. Price: $900k.
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.
Nothing says living rustic like a night in a 19th century cabin.
Barbers Orchard is a produce market/fruit stand that is open Monday - Sunday from 9am until 6pm.
The Music Box is a DVD and video store in Waynesville, NC.
Here is a selection of dentists in Waynesville.
Shopping is a fun part of any visit to Waynesville NC.
Go Grocery provides surplus grocery products which they purchase from producers at discount.
Time to get that hair done? Here is a small listing of hair salons in Waynesville NC where you can do it.
A Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, NC.
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...
Take a hike up the famous Cold Mountain, from the movie.
Mast General Store
Quality goods for the living, coffins & caskets for the dead.
A listing of churches in Waynesville, NC.
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 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!
Located just outside of town off Highway 19.
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.
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.
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 in Waynesville opened in 1985 and provides 24-hour nursing care.
Producer of medical products and employer of local people with disabilities and disadvantages.
This is an Italian style restaurant serving authentic Italian or Mediterranean dishes.
The primary hospital serving Waynesville NC and the rest of Haywood County is Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A real estate agency/broker in business since 1974.
A place to buy solid wood furniture in Waynesville, NC.
High Country Furniture
Furniture store in Waynesville NC.
This is an animal rescue location for abused and neglected horses.