Waynesville NC is located in the heart of Western North Carolina. You have great access to several places such as the Smoky Mountain National Park, Cataloochee Ski Area, Western Carolina University and more.
Because of Waynesville’s central location to many of destinations it is easy to plan exciting excursions here. For example the Blue Ridge Parkway cuts right through Waynesville and Haywood County. You could spend the day fishing on one of the many mountain trout rivers one day and then headout on the the Blue Ridge parkway next days. The Nantahala River Gorge is also easily accessible from Waynesville. North of the Nantahala River is the Smoky Mountain National Park. Elk have been successfully reintroduced to the area on the south end of the park.
Different seasons offer different opportunities. The fall offers spectacular colors. However, itcan get busy. In the summer there are some excellent white water rafting opportunities on the Nantahala River and the French Broad River. You can mountain bike or hike in nearby Pisgah Forest, the Moore Cove Falls Trail being a beautiful location.
A culinary sweet spot hidden in the peaks of the Smoky Mountains, Waynesville’s downtown holds more delectable restaurants than one could ever hope to taste!
The Sweet Onion is one of Waynesville’s most notable, focusing on regional dishes with modern recipes, fresh ingredients, and attention and care put into every plate. Their specialties range from fresh mountain trout to classic southern fried chicken to delicious desserts.
You could call Frogs Leap Public House the most fancy Pub Food you’ve ever seen. A farm to fork initiative drives this restaurant that serves everything from fried pickles to quail egg burgers, along with great libations.
Not only does Waynesville know how to eat. Like their neighbor to the East, they know how to drink, and brew, beer. Two local breweries, Frog Level Brewing and BearWater Brewing, have gained local and national acclaim for their beers. They’re also both in the downtown Waynesville area, so make a brewery tour of your own and stop by to taste their brews or pick up a growler of one of their many beers on tap.
As you walk down Main Street in downtown Waynesville, you can’t help but stopping into one, or two… or a whole bunch of stores to buy just about everything you see! With three antique shops, one specializing in colonial pieces and recreations, a Mast General Store, art galleries, kitchen shops, quilt shops, and other specialties, there isn’t someone who won’t find a special trinket, or a few, to bring home from downtown Waynesville.