Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park.

Visitor information: 865-436-1200  website

Additional Activities

Cataloochee Valley Elk Viewing

Abundance of Hiking Trails

River Rafting and tubing (many rafting companies nearby)

Horseback Riding - Cataloochee Ranch  828-926-1401

                               Panther Creek Outfitters  828-593-7763

                               Queen's Farm Stables 828-926-0718
Gem Mining - Maggie Valley Rock Shop  828-944-0920
Miniature Golf - Fantasy Golf  828-926-8180
                         Maggie Valley Carpet Golf 828-926-3255
Trout Fishing - Soco Gap Trout Ponds 828-926-3635
Trout Fishing on Jonathan Creek in the Valley -

get license and fishing pole at Maggie Valley Visitor Center

Cataloochee Ski Area

Visit Cataloochee Ski Area this season and experience southern hospitality on the slopes. For generations of snow-loving families, Cataloochee is a winter tradition, and with good reason. Our winter playground is nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains with breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks – riding the chairlift has never been more rewarding.

828-926-0285 ~ 800-768-0285website

Biltmore Estate & Winery

in Asheville

Four of the most fascinating acres at Biltmore Estate are all under one roof. America's largest home boasts 250 rooms, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool, bowling alley, priceless art and antiques. Many of the grapes that go into our award-winning wines are handpicked from our own lakeside vineyards and carried to our state-of-the-art winery. Under the watchful eye of our French winemaker, great wine is becoming a new Biltmore tradition.


Tube World Maggie Valley

Ride the crest of the latest wave in outdoor winter fun and Tubing! Tube World now brings this exciting fun-packed family experience to Maggie Valley, North Carolina. With Cataloochee's famous snowmaking expertise your assured a good time no matter what the weather.

828-926-0285  website

Stompin' Grounds

Home of America's Clogging Hall of Fame

If you want to see a variety of Appalachian and other American country dance styles performed in one place and at the same time‚ the Stompin’ Ground is your spot. The dance floor is enormous - 60 by 80 feet - with seating for nearly a thousand people.

Santa's Land Theme Park & Zoo in Cherokee

Lots of fun for the whole family. Rides, rollercoaster, paddle boats and lots of animals, magic show, train ride and so much more.

Discounted tickets available.


Wheels Through Time

Motorcycle Museum

The Wheels Through Time Museum is home to the world's premier collection of rare American Vintage Motorcycles.  Located 5 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, in beautiful Maggie Valley, NC, this All-American motorcycle museum houses over 300 of America's rarest and most historic classic motorcycles, with over 24 marquees on display, including the likes of Harley-Davidson, Indian, Excelsior, Crocker, Henderson, and much more. Western North Carolina's premier museum and tourism attraction features dozens of motorcycle-related exhibits, ranging from board track racers, hill climbing, and original paint machines to American Dirt Track racing, choppers and bobbers, and one-of-a-kind motorcycles.

828-926-6266 website

Blue Ridge Parkway

Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities
make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most visited sections of the National Park System. Split-rail fences,
old farmsteads, mountain meadows and scenic overlooks with endless vistas make the Blue Ridge Parkway a popular attraction. 469 miles connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Stunning views abundant hiking trails, picnic areas, campsites, and interpretative exhibits ample recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities. Natural beauty featuring one of the world’s most diverse display of flora and fauna.

Visitor Information: 828-298-0398  website

Maggie Valley Surrounding Area Attractions and Scenic Rides

Cherokee Travel & Tourism (15 miles from Maggie)
Santa's Land in Cherokee (15 miles from Maggie)
Cherokee Fun Park (15 miles from Maggie)
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad (28 miles from Maggie)
Visit downtown Waynesville (8 miles from Maggie)
Biltmore Estates (30 miles from Maggie)
Chimney Rock Park (57 miles from Maggie)
Fields of the Wood (74 miles fromMaggie)
Gold & Ruby Mine (15 miles from Maggie)
Tail of the Dragon (60 miles from Maggie)
Cherohala Skyway (80 miles from Maggie)
Gatlinburg Travel (50 miles from Maggie)

Appalachian Amusement Center

Home to the world's finest Vertical Wind Tunnel. Built by Vertical Wind Tunnel Corporation, this VWT is very wide, smooth, fast and quiet. Located in Western North Carolina just a few miles from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Appalachian Amusement Center features the finest flight instruction and environment. Flying is FUN! You can learn to fly. Flying is fun for all ages. Our staff includes the finest and most experienced instructors. We teach beginners to fly and provide instruction for skydivers and advanced wind tunnel fliers. We can handle groups, parties, and whole facility private rentals.


Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

53 miles of track, two tunnels and 25 bridges, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will take you on a memorable journey through a remote and beautiful corner of North Carolina. Ride with us into river gorges, across valleys and through tunnels carved out of majestic mountains.

The Railroad offers a variety of scenic, round-trip excursions departing from Bryson City. Trips range from 3 ½ hours to a full day of fun and adventure.