Waynesville North Carolina Family Vacation

It’s trailer parks next to McMansions in North Carolina, where the Old South stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the New South. From the ancient mountains in the west to the sandy barrier islands of the Atlantic you’ll find a variety of cultures and communities not easy to stereotype.

The state is a patchwork of the progressive and the Stone Age: Asheville was named the ‘New Freak Capital of the US’ by Rolling Stone, while cohabitation was technically illegal until 2006.


Located in Haywood County in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Waynesville is a city rich in history, scenery, and culture and a great place to vacation or raise a family.

Waynesville is the oldest town in Haywood County, and is very close to many exciting outdoor activities. Activities include hiking, rafting, kayaking, world class fly-fishing, and the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.

Waynesville is nestled between the Pisgah National Forest and the Smoky Mountain National Park. Waynesville is also renowned for superb mountain golfing, with several clubs and courses to choose from.

Located approximately 15 miles from Waynesville, in Mason, Kings Island theme park is ideal for the adventurous person. The theme park is filled with stomach-dropping roller coasters and mind blowing thrill rides. 

You will enjoy teeing off on some of the most beautiful fairways in Western North Carolina with breathtaking mountain views.

Downtown Waynesville maintains its classic charm, with most of the shops now containing art galleries, restaurants, cafes, and municipal buildings. The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts is also housed downtown n Waynesville.

A couple blocks from downtown proper is an area called “Frog Level”, which also contains a coffee shop, some tradesmen, and artist galleries. This area used to be considered the “seedy” part of town, but is now a quaint eclectic sub-neighborhood of downtown Waynesville.

The Ceaser’s Creek Pioneer Village is a living history museum. Located in Waynesville, the museum hosts public events throughout the year on weekends. During this time, the cabins are open and costumed guides take you through various customs and traditions from the life of the pioneers. 

You can also enjoy a surprisingly diverse nightlife with dancing, live music from bluegrass to blues, and very active local theater productions. Annually there is the Folkmoot USA festival with attracts entertainers and performers worldwide.

In the past, people would have to drive to nearby Asheville to visit any large retailers or shopping malls. Yet over the last few years Waynesville has seen several large big box retailers move to the area, including Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Lowes, Home Depot, and others.

This has been in part to the amount of growth in the area, and these large retailers have been tastefully added to the city so as not to disturb the historic downtown beauty and vibe of the area.

Waynesville real estate is also a hot item. There are a few gated communities in the area, primarily occupied by vacation homes and several permanent residents.

Going a half mile or so out of town you are immediately transported to vintage old rural Western North Carolina, with farms, and large parcels of property with large beautiful Waynesville homes.

The seasonal outdoor flea market is comprised of 159,000 square feet, making it a one-stop-shop for finding items at bargain prices. When you spend a day browsing the booths at the flea market, you’ll find items like purses, wallets, clothes and household goods.

The beauty of Waynesville, NC and surrounding Haywood County is unmatched, and has been the backdrop for many novels and movies, including the renowned “Cold Mountain” by James Frazier which was also made into a blockbuster movie starring Joaquin Phoenix and Nicole Kidman.

Nearby is also Deep Creek which is a campground and river rafting Mecca, as well as a gateway to many great hiking trails and backpacking excursions.

If you are someone who enjoy fall colors, Waynesville and Haywood County has some of the most pristine beautiful mountain ranges available for autumn viewing.

You are welcome to come and visit Waynesville, but you may fall in love with it so much you might find yourself checking out Waynesville real estate listings.

If so, that is fine too. There are many great real estate agents available to help you.

Everything about our stay at the Waynesville Inn was wonderful! The staff was very accomodating, and the breakfast was fabulous. Our room was very clean and comfortable And the scenery was breathtaking. If you want a relaxing vacation, the Waynesville Inn fits the bill…Cynthia C, Dalton, Georgia | The Waynesville Inn, Golf Resort & Spa

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61% Discount Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa, Waynesville, NC

Two-Night Stay for Two Adults with Daily Breakfast.

Up to Two Kids 11 or Younger Stay Free.

Combine Up to Six Nights.

Waynesville Resort Spa

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