ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

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After you view enjoy our spectacular mountain sunrise, get ready for a day of mountaintop adventures. Whether you’re into extreme biking or extreme shopping, museums or music, there’s something to do in every season in this incredible Smoky Mountain setting.

The most famous natural attraction in the area are the Great Smoky Mountains. The 520,000 acres of pristine wilderness is a world unto itself. The Great Smoky Mountains are part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which has more than 14 peaks with elevations topping 6,000 feet. Other mountain ranges include the picturesque Balsam Mountains, which borders on the west side of Haywood County.

The Balsams offer seven types of forests and has peaks of more than 6,400 feet. There are also the Nantahala Mountains nearby. The Nantahala National Forest at 516,000 acres is North Carolina's largest national forest, spanning from Waynesville to Murphy, Fontana and Cashiers. It is also home to the Nantahala River Gorge, a nine-mile stretch of the Nantahala River, which offers a haven for whitewater rafters.

Haywood County has a wide variety of arts and cultural organizations, museums featuring handicrafts by regional artisans, collections devoted to preserving and exhibiting our heritage, and even a museum that celebrates American transportation.

If it is apples you crave in the fall, the sights and scents of holiday celebration, mountain music passed down through generations, or the creative beauty of handmade arts and crafts, there are festivals celebrating these and other mountain activities throughout the year.

From art galleries and antiques to clothing and jewelry, the Main Street area in Downtown Waynesville is a shopper's delight. Whether you're looking for a souvenir or high-end furniture, or just window-shopping, the rewards of a stroll along the brick sidewalks are plentiful. Enjoy the quaint and relaxed atmosphere; take a break and put the bags down at one of the several cafés. Head down the hill to Frog Level, the revitalized railroad district, for even more galleries and furniture shops.

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