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History of Maggie Valley NC

Maggie Valley, NC is a small valley in western North Carolina, situated just outside Waynesville 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 graced by 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 is graced with a panorama not seen anywhere else in the world!

Home to such attractions as Ghost Town in the Sky (a Western theme park), 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.  With less than 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.

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


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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