Destination guide

Dashing Appalachia—rural escapes in scenic North Carolina

Located in western North Carolina, Haywood County proudly offers a truly authentic Appalachian experience, complete with outdoor adventures and family-friendly activities. The area is most known for almost 50 miles of scenic drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as hiking trails that wind through the Great Smoky Mountains. But come for the natural beauty, and stay for Haywood County's unique culture, farm-to-table dining, and friendly locals. Take a look at Haywood County vacation rentals, and you'll be hard-pressed to find one that doesn't come complete with stunning views.

Things to do

Easy for you to say—Cataloochee's country charm

There's a reason so many outdoor lovers have Haywood County on their bucket list. With places like Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which covers over half a million acres, you can easily spend your entire trip enjoying the scenery. If visiting in winter, the Cataloochee Ski Area is a must, whether you plan to ski, snowboard, or snow tube (or if you just want an excuse to say "Cataloochee"). For the gearheads in your crew, include the Wheels Through Time Museum on your itinerary. This unique spot features an impressive collection of rare American vintage motorcycles.


Foodie heaven, from microbreweries to farm-to-table dining

Each of the towns in Haywood County offers a unique perspective of local life in western North Carolina. You'll find charming downtowns in places like Maggie Valley and Waynesville, featuring locally owned shops and farm-to-table culinary experiences. Haywood County is also home to a growing microbrewery scene, so be sure to taste test more than a few of the beers on tap. Check out Haywood County vacation rentals on the outskirts of town, and you'll see a vibrant farming community in action. Among it all, expect buzzing festivals throughout the county all year long.


Layer, layer, layer in seasonal Haywood County

Haywood County is a popular spot in summer, and crowds, temps, and prices are all at their highest between June and August. Fall continues to buzz, thanks to stunning foliage that glows in October. January through March see plenty of snowfall, making it the perfect time for ski bunnies to head to Haywood County. It's the off season in some parts of Great Smoky Mountain National Park, though, so expect some of the local attractions to be closed. No matter when you visit, layers are an absolute must, thanks to quickly changing elevation in and around the Smoky Mountains.

Natural features

Winding rivers, wildflowers—and elk galore

Haywood County is practically synonymous with natural beauty, so expect winding rivers, lush forests, and rolling hills, as well as snow capped mountains in the winter season. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park covers over half a million acres, featuring everything from fields of wildflowers to wild bears, and birders can spot tons of local and migratory fowl species. The nearby Cataloochee Valley is known for its elk population, and elk sightseeing tours are a popular activity, while renting a kayak or canoe is the perfect way to explore Lake Junaluska.

Can I find a vacation rental around Haywood County?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,501 vacation rentals near Haywood County. From 512 Houses to 51 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Haywood County are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Haywood County?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Haywood County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Maggie Valley: 935 vacation rentals
  • Waynesville: 1,390 vacation rentals
  • Lake Junaluska: 722 vacation rentals
  • Canton: 839 vacation rentals
  • Clyde: 1,082 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Haywood County! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Haywood County?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Haywood County:

  • Maggie Valley: 935 rentals
  • Waynesville: 1,390 rentals
  • Lake Junaluska: 722 rentals
  • Canton: 839 rentals
  • Clyde: 1,082 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Haywood County?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Haywood County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center: 1,041 rentals
  • Maggie Valley Gem Mine: 1,058 rentals
  • Ghost Town in the Sky: 1,051 rentals
  • Cold Mountain: 1,478 rentals
  • Maggie Valley Opry House: 1,053 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Haywood County listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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