Maggie Valley, NC is located in Western, North Carolina, right in the center of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and near the Soco Gap access to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The entire region is beautiful with mountains and valleys, wildflowers, orchards, cultural attractions, waterfalls, rivers, trails, parks and so many interesting things to explore. There are dozens of exciting towns and cities just a short drive or day trip from Maggie Valley, NC – perfect to add to your itinerary for your next NC mountain vacation.

Towns & Cities Near Maggie Valley, NC


Waynesville, North Carolina

The county seat of Haywood County, Waynesville is just minutes from Maggie Valley, NC. Haywood County is known as “gateway to the Smokies” since much of the county is within or borders the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Haywood County is also the home of 46 miles of the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway reaches its highest elevation within the county. Waynesville is the largest town in Haywood County, NC. It offers quaint shops, restaurants, beautiful scenery and an array of interesting activities, festivals and gatherings throughout the year.

Clyde, North Carolina

Clyde is home to 1,324 people and is located in Haywood County, within the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area. A tiny town with big charm, Clyde is home to The Shook Museum, a popular attraction, and the Shook-Smathers House. It’s a 200-year-old historic house open for public tours.

Canton, North Carolina

As the second-largest town in Haywood County, Canton is just 13 miles from Asheville, and just minutes from Maggie Valley. Visit the Locust Old Fields Church, established in 1801. Canton offers an annual Christmas parade, Pickin’ in the Park on Friday nights in the summer, Pigeon River water activities, the Colonial Theater, and more.

Cherokee, North Carolina

Cherokee is best known as home to the eastern band of the Cherokee Native American tribe. Visit Oconaluftee Indian village, a recreated 1700s village portraying authentic tribal life, and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, among many other interesting attractions in Cherokee, NC.

Asheville, North Carolina

Take a short drive from Maggie Valley, NC, to explore beautiful Asheville, NC, the largest city in Western North Carolina. It’s largest attraction is the Biltmore Estate and Mansion, the largest personal residence in the United States, built by George Vanderbilt. Asheville has many other charms and attractions, however, including its River Arts District, the largest farmer’s market in the region, beautiful mountain scenery, fall foliage and hundreds of eclectic shops, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, music venues, historic buildings and art galleries.

Dillsboro, North Carolina

Located in Jackson County, Dillsboro is a popular tourist attraction near the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. It is a 19th Century railroad town, featuring quaint shops and attractions, such as The Monteith Farmstead, a 16-acre farm near the downtown shopping district.

Sylva, North Carolina

Just up the road a bit from Dillsboro, you’ll encounter the town of Sylva. Innovations Brewery, the Jackson County Public Library and The American Museum of the House Cat are popular attractions.

Lake Junaluska, North Carolina

This is an unincorporated community within Haywood County. The 200-acre lake itself, surrounded by 1,200 acres of pristine valleys and hills, is the main attraction.

Where to Stay Near Maggie Valley, NC

Meadowlark Motel is located on Soco Road in the heart of Maggie Valley. After a long day of sightseeing and fun activities in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Meadowlark Motel is the ideal place to stay. It’s perfect as a home base for visiting all the exciting towns and cities in Western North Carolina. Meadowlark Motel also places you just minutes from Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley, renowned for the longest ski season on the East Coast, and Ghost Town in the Sky Theme Park (reopening for business in April, 2019).

Walk to charming restaurants, shops and boutiques from your accommodations at Meadowlark, which include guest rooms, cabins and cottages. Set along the banks of Jonathan Creek, the property offers a large pavilion and recreation area, perfect for fishing or grilling out with the family. Guests at Meadowlark enjoy free Wi-Fi, a free continental breakfast, and an array of exciting guest services. Meadowlark Motel offers Saturday night cookouts, a community garden, an Artist in Residency Program (featuring both live music by local musicians and artwork by local artists), craft beer and wine tastings, private in-room spa services, and more. This Maggie Valley motel is pet- and dog-friendly too. We know you will enjoy your vacation in Western North Carolina.