Outdoor Activities: Hiking

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Lace up those hiking shoes, grab your walking stick, pack your lunch.  You're about to enter the Southeast's hiking haven!


February 16, 2017 by Rick Morris

With all the beautiful mountains around here, you would certainly expect Waynesville NC to be home to some of the best hiking trails.  Choose from the Great Smoky Mountains and/or Blue Ridge Mountains that surround the town.  The famous Appalachian Trail runs nearby as well.  No trip to Waynesville should be without a strenuous hike up to the peak of Cold Mountain

Here are several additional hiking trails you should check out...

Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Along the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, this is America's most visited national park. A half million acres of ancient mountains, flora and fauna. Popular attractions include Cades Cove, Clingmans Dome, Cataloochee Valley, and Newfound Gap.  More about the Great Smoky Mountains.

Graveyard Fields Hiking Trail - At just over 3 miles, this trail is fairly easy to hike. Beautiful waterfalls at the base of the hike, either to the Lower or Upper.  Stop along the way for blueberries during early autumn. Trail head is at Graveyard Fields Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 418.8. More Info.

Boogerman Hiking Trail - 4.2 miles. Easy rating with an elevation gain of less than 1,000 feet. Known for beautiful trees. Trailhead at Caldwell Fork Trail. Take a day hike from Cataloochee Campground for 7.5 miles roundtrip. More Info.

Buckeye Ridge Hiking Trail -  5.4 miles covering wooded areas and grassy fields, across Cold Springs Creek to the crest at Max Patch Mountain. Features some historical elements such as logging, farming, settlements, and railroads. More Info.

Art Loeb Hiking Trail - 12.3 miles, this strenuous hiking trail is part of the 30-mile national recreation trail. Goes from low to high points and part of it combines to form portions of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. More Info.

Sunburst Swimming Hole - Well, this really isn't a hiking trail, but it is a semi-popular swimming hole famous for its days as a pool for the local paper mill's early workers dating back to 1900. It's fresh, cold water! Visit Waynesville or Canton area during the summer and you must check out this swimming hole! There's a campground nearby (Sunburst Campground). Located up Highway 215 from Canton/Bethel/Waynesville, past Lake Logan, near foot of the Blue Ridge Parkway. More Info.

Blue Ridge Parkway - Though the Blue Ridge Parkway started as two separate construction projects, one by Virginia and one by North Carolina, it connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (NC) with the Shenandoah National Park (VA).  It's not an official national park, but you would think it as so. 

Cataloochee Valley - A once small community, now it's popular for the elk that were reintroduced. It's remote and filled with mountain history. Several old buildings and restored cabins can be found here. Look for deer, black bears, turkey, butterflies, etc.  More Info.

Rough Creek Watershed Trail System - 870 acres of protected land near Canton, NC. Located along the southern side of the Newfound Mountain Range, there are 3 trails of 10 miles altogether.  For hiking and mountain biking. More Info.

Here is a short video of a hike up Devil's Courthouse, about 20 miles from Waynesville NC on the Blue Ridge Parkway...

A Word About the Appalachian Trail

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!

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.