Spend a day, a weekend, Christmas vacation, or the whole winter in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. You’ll never run out of exciting winter activities.
Christmas lights in Waynesville, here in Haywood County, are beautiful. The whole town is lit up, with all its quaint shops, street musicians and restaurants. Biltmore Estate in nearby Asheville (about 30 miles from Maggie Valley) offers a truly spectacular presentation at Christmas, with the estate lit up with thousands of twinkling lights and special tours.
Tube World and the Cataloochee Ski Area are popular during the winter with locals and tourists alike. If you’re hunting ‘real’ winter snow, you’re likely to find it in Maggie Valley during the winter, but if you don’t, take the scenic drive up to Newfound Gap and you will usually find it at this highest mountain peak.
Snowboarding at Cataloochee Ski Resort Snowboarding is one of the best winter activities in Maggie Valley, NC. It’s one of the world’s favorite recreational activities, and has been an Olympic sport [...]
Cataloochee Elk Viewing One of the biggest reasons people visit Maggie Valley and the surrounding Haywood County – is Elk watching! As the happy home of Cataloochee Valley, a far-corner section of [...]
Other Winter Activities in Western North Carolina
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Straddling North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes in the North Carolina counties of Haywood and Swain, as well as several Tennessee counties. The park offers a wealth of opportunities for recreation in every month of the year, from hiking to exhibits. Visit the official website to learn more.
Located at 756 Hemphill Road in Waynesville, in Haywood County, Smoky Mountain Christmas Tree Farm is a ‘must’ to visit for those who love everything about the Christmas season, or just everything about Fraser Firs. Hand-sheared with love and 35 years of expertise, these Fraser Firs offer an authentic mountain Christmas experience. The smell is heavenly and the joy of hand-picking your own mountain-grown tree is priceless.
Load up the family and go snow tubing and snowmobiling at Tube World. Offering one of the most popular activities in Maggie Valley, Tube World is open during the winter. While it is affiliated with Cataloochee Ski Resort, it is located approximately four miles from the Cataloochee Ski Resort. It opens in December annually, with reservations accepted beginning November 1st.
Situated between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina, the Tweetsie Railroad is a Wild West Theme Park and the centerpiece is a train ride through beautiful mountain terrain. The ride is a great delight for the young and the young at heart. It is normally open April through November, but the park does a few runs during the Christmas season when it transforms into the ‘Polar Express’.
Rolling Thunder River Company operates three whitewater rafting locations in western North Carolina, including Nantahala River, Ocoee River and Toccoa River. They’re open year-round and serve all skill levels.