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The Best Place for Things To Do in Maggie Valley and  Western North Carolina

Where and what are things to do Maggie Valley, NC?Maggie Valley is located in Haywood County in the Southwest Mountain Region of North Carolina. And, there are a plethora of things to do in Maggie Valley!  It is on the eastern side of Great Smoky Mountain National Park (the nation’s most visited national park) as well as being at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is the nation’s favorite linear drive in the US Park system. The Qualla Boundary (part of the Cherokee Indian Land Trust) also borders the Town of Maggie Valley. Historic small towns and rolling farmland have survived in this area after having long disappeared in most areas of the U.S.

Maggie Valley is well positioned in the Western North Carolina with major highway access corridors and proximity to the Asheville Regional Airport. It is within a day’s drive of most of the Southeast.  Maggie Valley has a climate similar to northern New England due to its altitude, Maggie Valley enjoys four equally balanced seasons. The valley floor sits at 3200 feet while the mountain peaks surrounding the valley rise above 5000 feet. This gives Maggie Valley the ability to be an attraction year around for summer and spring outdoor recreation, fall foliage viewing, and winter skiing.

Go skiing in Maggie Valley. It's always a fun winter sport!

Cataloochee Ski Area is still one of the active attractions in Maggie Valley. Pegged at over $40 million economic impact on Maggie Valley, Cataloochee is one of 6 ski areas in NC that generate over 600,000 visitors a year. Cataloochee has the longest average season of 127 days, running from November to March. Cataloochee also operates a popular tube slide attraction in the town of Maggie Valley.

Wheels Through Time museum if a must do thing to do in Maggie Valley.

Maggie Valley has as major transportation museum, Wheels Through Time, that is located behind the Meadowlark Motel. The 50,000 square foot facility features one of the largest collections of motorcycles in the US as well as a unique collection of automobiles and unique vehicles. The facility is truly unique because all the vehicles in the collection still run. The Museum attracts over 40,000 visitors per year.

In the 2000s, the Casino in the Cherokee Indian Reservation, located only 17 miles from the Meadowlark Motel, expanded operation from a simple bingo operation to a large, complex, multi-product firm and tourist destination attracting 3.6 million visitors a year.

The behemoth of tourism in Western NC is Asheville, NC. Rated the #1 place to visit in 2017 by Lonely Planet, nearly 10 million visitors to Asheville spend almost $2 billion a year.  The area’s hotel occupancy rate is over 72%. Known as a hipster haven in Western NC, and open to all sorts of lifestyles, Asheville serves a gateway for the rest of the USA to visit the Great Smokey Mountains. The Meadowlark Motel, situated only 33.7 miles from Asheville can serve as a great day trip satellite location for visiting area attractions.

Things To Do At the Meadowlark Motel

Events in Maggie Valley, NC and the Meadowlark Motel

Meadowlark Mountain Heritage Festival

August 7 @ 10:00 am - August 8 @ 7:00 pm

Deep in the backwoods, mountain folks practiced many survival skills to create a life in the Smoky Mountains.  This festival will celebrate and educate on those skills. with live demonstrations and historic presentations. Learn how animal hides were tanned with actual demonstrations. See a frontier camp.  Learn about handicrafts like pottery and quilting. Experience Cherokee [...]

Horace Kephart has been dead for 88 years, but his name and his story still pull an undercurrent through Western North Carolina. Kephart is acclaimed as the father of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, an outdoorsman gifted with an adventurous soul, and the author of such staples of regional literature as Our Southern Highlanders [...]

Brews N Tunes

August 14 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Festival includes several Bands and Regional Breweries. Attendees receive a small tasting glass to sample different beers. Contact The Grey Eagle @ Gates open Noon – 6PM Contact The Grey Eagle www.thegreyeagle.com 828-232-5800

We would like to Officially welcome you to Eurofest Maggie Valley. This event is a continuation of The SoWo Fall Tour, that has been held there for the past three years. We wanted this laid back event to continue for years to come, So we asked them for their blessing. Just like years past, this [...]

Traditional Skills and Naturalist Weekend

August 27 @ 7:00 pm - August 29 @ 12:30 pm

Ginseng, Granny Medicine and Herbs - the Lore of the Mountains is explored in this weekend of lectures, wanderings, and entertainings. FRIDAY AUGUST 27 7:00 PM: Traditional Music with William Ritter and Mike Ogletree SATURDAY AUGUST 28 10:00 AM: Wildflowers and native plants of southern Appalachia with tour guide and naturalist Adam Bigelow 11:00 AM: [...]

Free Event! Saturday & Sunday, 9am - 4pm daily. Handmade Arts & Crafts, Chainsaw Art Demos, Festival Foods! Features over 100 talented artists and crafters who come together to demonstrate and sell their works. Contact Teresa Smith @ 800-624-4431 Visit www.maggievalley.org for more information.

This is the oldest and largest rally in Maggie Valley and the Great Smokey Mountains of North Carolina. Thousands of bikers roll into the Great Smoky Mountains for the busiest motorcycle weekend of the year. Maggie Valley is a biker friendly town and a great place for bikers to gather for a rally in the [...]

VWs in the Valley

September 18 - September 19

Volkswagen Car Show & Swap Meet! Live DJ, Cash Prizes and Trophies! Open Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday from 7am - 6pm. For more information contact Robert @ 276-620-1246. Email eastwoodr@yahoo.com Visit www.vwaircooledassociation.com.  

8 am–6pm Friday, 8am-4pm Saturday. Old Gas Station Items, Old Pumps, Old Signs & Tags, Toys, Car Shows! Call 423-608-4519 Email rodneybuckner@att.net Visit http://www.surfboardpromotion.com/. $5 Admission

Join us at the Meadowlark Motel in the mountains of North Carolina for the Icons of "Hotrodding Festival", held at at nearby Maggie Valley Festival Ground. This is a 1950s and 1960s themed Hotrod and Custom Car, Truck And Van event for 1969 models and older. There will be 50s & 60s music, Automotive & [...]

A gathering of artisans from all over the SE. Includes handmade arts and crafts with chainsaw art demonstrations and lots of festival food. Seasonal items, yard art, paintings, photography, pottery, wooden bowls, furniture, jewelry, goat milk soaps and more will be featured at the event. Even if you don’t plan on buying anything, its fun [...]

Smoky Mountain Bluegrass Festival

October 23 @ 11:30 am - 7:00 pm

For all the bluegrass lovers out there! The Smoky Mountains Bluegrass Festival is a one-day, outdoor festival where you can enjoy live entertainment., unique food, and juried arts and crafts booths. Award winning bluegrass band “Balsam Range”, Kruger Brothers and Unspoken Traditions are all part of our talented and popular lineup. Join us for this [...]

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