Blue Ridge Mountains

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Waynesville NC is situated within the Blue Ridge Mountains, as part of the Appalachian Mountains of the eastern United States.  The mountains get their name form the bluish haze when viewed from far away.  Actually, the trees the make up the Blue Ridge Mountains give off isoprene, an organic compound emitted by numerous varieties of trees.


February 11, 2017 by Rick Morris

The Blue Ridge Mountain range is famous for the 469-mile winding, scenic road, the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The Parkway follows along the ridge lines of the mountains, north to south, somewhat in tandem with the Appalachian Trail.

An image of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, showing rock formations in the front and the bluish haze of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background, and a partly cloudy blue sky.

There are several national parks found within the Blue Ridge Mountains, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Shenandoah National Park. They are connected by the Parkway.

The Blue Ridge Mountains include the front land of the Appalachians, as well as the Ridge and Valley to the west, all of the Great Smoky Mountains, Great Balsams, Brushy Mountains, Roans, and various other ranges.  It reaches Pennsylvania in the north at South Mountain, near Harrisburg and Gettysburg.  The mountains contain ancient granitic charnockites, limestone, and volcanic formations.

More than 125 mountain tops in the Blue Ridge Mountains extend higher than 5,000 feet, with Mount Mitchell at 6,684 the highest.  About 3 dozen peaks surpass 6,000 feet in elevation. 

The native name for the Blue Ridge Mountains was Quirank, a Powhatan designation.  The lands belonged to the Shawnee, Iroquois, and Sioux prior to settling by Europeans.  The land was ceded by the Iroquois to the Virginia Colony during the Treaty of Albany in the early 1700s.  The settlers, as you know, never had enough land and were moving west into the Shenandoah Valley.  They would eventually buy the Valley from the Iroquois with the 1744 Treaty of Lancaster.

The Blue Ridge Mountains are filled with oak, hickory and spruce-fir pine trees, but is unable to produce alpine varieties due to climatic conditions.  The forests contain wild boar, coyote, black bear, wild turkey, whitetail deer, rabbits, squirrels, and other creatures.  An assortment of fish and amphibians and reptiles swim the various rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds of the Blue Ridge Mountains

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 Waynesville
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 (February 11, 2017).  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.

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.

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

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.