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Set in renowned Maggie Valley, and near the Asheville, North Carolina, Metropolitan Area, Meadowlark Motel is a landmark of our community, and has been family owned and operated for over 40 years. Our ideal location in the Great Smoky Mountains, near the Blue Ridge Parkway access at Soco Gap, positions you to explore Oconaluftee Indian Village, Unto These Hills Drama and Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee. We’re also near Waynesville, N.C., the county seat of Haywood County. Cataloochee Ski Resort is minutes from our motel and Asheville, N.C., is about 30 miles.

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Our motel is located on Soco Road (Hwy. 19) in Maggie Valley, which is a part of Haywood County. Haywood County offers visitors an authentic Appalachian experience, as well as 16 peaks over 6,000 feet and 46 miles of scenic drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway. From hiking trails to whitewater rafting, majestic sunsets and Appalachian cuisine, great experiences await inside Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We are proud to call Maggie Valley and Haywood County home. Meadowlark Motel is not a chain hotel, nor do we aspire to be. We are a Smoky Mountain treasure, as real and unique as the gems in our mountain streams or the trout in our creeks. Our ideal setting positions you to explore the Smokies to your heart’s content with our motel as your central base. Book a Great Smoky Mountain vacation today.

Top Features

There are 38 spacious rooms, with all but 5 being ground floor. There are cottages, suites, and cabins available to meet various needs. We can accommodate over 100 guests.

This four-acre property boasts 200 feet of gently sloping creek frontage. Beautiful, bubbling Jonathan Creek, while abundant with wild fish, is state-stocked with trout and is a great place to fish or just relax and listen to the roar of the creek or the silence as the mountains sleep.

Three of our cabins have private decks that overlook the water, and there is a public deck available for relaxation or ceremonies.

The 3/4-acre recreation area has a 2000 sq. ft Pavilion with kitchen, fireplace, restroom, outdoor furniture and a BBQ pit.

The roadside rooms are amongst the largest room accommodations in Maggie Valley and are especially suited to families.

There is a resort-like pool in the front that has plenty of seating and lounges for fun in the sun and evening relaxing.

Every room has A/C, Heat Pumps, Refrigerators, Microwaves, Complimentary Wi-Fi, and TVs.

Several Restaurants are next to the property, as is the Wheels Through Time Museum, and most Maggie Valley attractions are within walking distance.

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Built in the 1940s by Carl Painter and his wife, and expanded in the 1960s to meet the growth of Ghost Town and Maggie Valley, the Meadowlark Motel was acquired by Roger and Donna McElroy in 1975 who continued to run it for 42 years. In October 2017, son Joseph Franklyn McElroy and his wife Simone Woodyear McElroy bought the motel and began renovating it based upon their years of experience in the travel industry.

The Meadowlark Motel is located 5 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway in mountain resort town Maggie Valley, North Carolina, 17.5 miles from the casinos in the Cherokee Indian Reservation, and 33.7 miles from one of Condé Nast’s Top 10 America’s Best Small Cities, Asheville, NC. The Meadowlark Motel is near many attractions, including close proximity to the world’s premiere museum for motorcycles, the top steak restaurant in the region, a world famous square-dance hall, and the region’s top ski resort Cataloochee Ski Area. Situated as a resort within a half-day’s drive from a population of well over 15 million people, the Meadowlark Motel is a leading destination for mountain getaways, short stay vacations, ski trips, motorcycle club events, family holidays, and explorations of the arts, crafts, foods, and culture of the Great Smokey Mountains Appalachian culture.

Maggie Valley is one of four towns in Haywood County, NC. Domestic tourism in Haywood County generates an economic impact in excess of $150 million each year, of which nearly 50% is attributable to Maggie Valley – pretty impressive for a small town. In 2014, Haywood County ranked 27 in travel impact among North Carolina’s 100 Counties. The most recent statistics for traffic through Maggie Valley is over 20,000 vehicle trips per day on average.

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As members of the Haywood County Hotel and Motel Association, we abide by Quality Standards and believe in and provide excellent customer service.

Roger & Donna McElroy

Joseph & Simone Woodyear McElroy