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Maggie Valley, North Carolina Visitor's Guide

January 16, 2014 by Rick Morris

Maggie Valley NC is a small valley in western North Carolina, situated just outside Waynesville NC and Canton NC, and approximately 30 miles west of Asheville.  Maggie Valley is part of Haywood County, one of 100 counties in North Carolina.  John "Jack" Sidney Setzer named the town after one of his daughters, Maggie.

Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains (roughly 6,000 feet high), Maggie Valley is also situated near the nearby Pisgah National Forest.  Enjoy the fresh mountain air and water, amazing scenery, and attractions.  Maggie Valley has less than 1,000 people, that is until Spring and Summer arrive, when the area swells to more than 10,000.

Maggie Valley NC has a panorama not seen anywhere else in the world!

Maggie Valley is a vacation getaway located within the Blue Ridge Mountains and beside the Great Smoky Mountains in western North Carolina.  Home to Ghost Town in the Sky and nearby attractions such as Santa's Land & Zoo, Maggie Valley Resort and Country Club, and Wheels Through Time (motorcycle museum), you can spend a summer perusing the many craft shops, family-owned stores, and down-home restaurants that Maggie Valley has to offer.  Or, go skiing at Cataloochee Ski Area.  With 2 square miles of fun and adventure waiting, the town is one of America's best kept secrets.

Maggie Valley, NC is a small, cozy American town nestled at about 3,000 feet in elevation inside the lush surrounding mountain peaks.  Like nearby Waynesville NC, there are four seasons here, including an infamous autumn, which sets the surrounding North Carolina mountains on fire during October and November with brilliant orange and red fall foliage.  During the winter, you gotta head down to Tube World for an afternoon of fun in the snow.  Or, grab your skiis and snowboards en-route to Cataloochee Ski Resort.

Centrally located near Waynesville NC, Maggie Valley is an excellent place to stay if you want to explore all that western North Carolina has to offer.  Harrah's Casino is about 30 minutes away.  The Blue Ridge Parkway, a motorcyclist's dream road.  Cold Mountain, from the novel, is about a 45-minute drive.  Want to know more about Maggie Valley NC, get the visitor's guide.

If blue-grass, country, pop, oldies, or gospel music is desired, check out Eagle Nest's 800-seat in-door theater, and outdoor amphi-theather. 

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Quick Facts About Maggie Valley NC

Maggie Valley NC Population 2012: 1,140
Change Since 2000: +88%

Males: 540 (47%)
Females: 600 (53%)

Median Resident Age: 53 years
North Carolina Median Age: 42 years

Maggie Valley NC Zip Code: 28751

Maggie Valley NC Cabins, Hotels & Lodging

If you are coming to Maggie Valley you'll need a place to stay.  Lodging is never a problem here.  If you want to go with a hotel, then consider Comfort Inn or Ramada Hotel.  For those who want a simple mountain inn, try the Jonathan Creek Inn or Apple Cover Inn Try one of the bed and breakfast's Maggie Valley has to offer.  The Timber Wolf Creek Bed and Breakfast or Booksong Bed and Breakfast.  Want to "rough it"?  Well, there are plenty of creekside and mountain cabin rentals in Maggie Valley NC.  Check out Smoky Falls, Country Cabins, Cabins at Twinbrook, Maggie Cabins, Mountain Joy Cottages/Cabins, Fireside Cottages, or Boyd Mountain Log Cabins.  If you are looking for a country club in Maggie Valley and want to work on your golf, then try Maggie Valley Club, the area's top country club.  Another one is Laurel Ridge Country Club.  Bringing the RV?  Then, check out Creekwood Farm RV Park, Pride RV Resort, NASCAR RV Resort, or the whimsical and appropriately named Hillbilly Campground!  For more information about Maggie Valley NC hotels, cabin rentals, and lodging.

Maggie Valley NC Restaurants

Time to eat!  While in Maggie Valley you'll experience southern hospitality and southern food.  Restaurants line the strip through the valley.  One of the most popular restaurants in Maggie Valley is J. Arthurs, where you can get world famous steaks, prime rib and gorgonzola cheese salad.  If you want to try gravy, red potatoes, and grits with your eggs, you can simply get full in a family setting at "The" Maggie Valley Restaurant, where you can eat breakfast anytime of the day.  Or, try one of their mountain trout.  If a creekside bar and grill is your calling, then check out Hurleys.  Learn how we make moonshine and try a few "headache pills" (soaked cherries) at the Moonshine Grill, where you can also get one of the best wood-fired angus steaks available anywhere.  If you want Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Seafood, family style, takeout, or fast food, Maggie Valley has a restaurant for you.

Maggie Valley Real Estate

Thinking of buying a home or some land in Maggie Valley, North Carolina?  Then, you're going to need a top notch real estate agent.  Here is a selection of realtors in Maggie Valley.  You can also browse homes and land for sale in Maggie Valley.  If you are going to build your home, take a look at some of the local home builders in Maggie Valley

Spas Near Maggie Valley NC

Why not treat yourself to a day of relaxation among the beautiful Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains?  You know, visit the spa!  Like many other small towns and communities in the U.S., Maggie Valley has a few spas - several - like Maggie Valley Club & Resort's Discovery Wellness Spa, and nearby Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa.

Ski Slopes in the Maggie Valley Area

Maggie Valley is central to a number of the area's ski slopes.  But, the most important one is the Cataloochee Ski Resort, with its 16 ski slopes and trails.  Located just minutes from downtown Maggie Valley.

Maggie Valley Golf Courses Maggie Valley Fishing Maggie Valley Camp Grounds
Maggie Valley Club
Lake Junaluska Golf Course
Laurel Ridge Country Club

Historic Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum

Do you enjoy a sweet motorcycle ride along smooth, curvy mountain roads?  Yes?  Then, Maggie Valley NC is your destination.  What with the Blue Ridge Parkway and Dill's Gap, where you can tame the "Dragon" - an infamous 11-mile road twisting with 318 curves through some of best views in the Southeast.  Afterwards, you may want to hop off the Parkway at Maggie Valley and discover the rarest of America's vintage motorcycles. You gotta check out this motorcycle museum in downtown Maggie Valley NC.

What to See & Do in Maggie Valley NC

Ghost Town in the Sky
A western-themed amusement park resting at the top of Buck Mountain (at nearly 4,700 feet in elevation) overlooking the Maggie Valley and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Wheels Through Time
Probably the best vintage motorcycle museum in North America, the Wheels Through Time is for anyone who loves old bikes.

Maggie Valley Ski
Operating for more than 50 years, Cataloochee Ski Area is your mountain top skiing and snowboarding getaway when visiting Maggie Valley NC.

Photo Galleries
Gaze at the beauty of our small historic town!

Down Town Maggie Valley
Check out Maggie Valley's charm by browsing this photo gallery!

Beautiful views of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains!

Stunning photos of the areas spectacular waterfalls!

Maggie Valley Area History
Discover the rich culture and history of Maggie Valley, North Carolina!

Maggie Valley Weather
We have 4 seasons of fun!

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