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Maggie Valley NC

Maggie Valley NC is a small town located in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, near the Tennessee and North Carolina border.   Maggie Valley is a popular tourist destination, and retirement area.  Primarily due its peaceful, quiet and relaxing atmosphere.  Maggie Valley is also is at the center of many of the popular things to do and see in Western NC.

Lead photo courtesy of Timberwolf Creek Bed & Breakfast.

Maggie Valley NC

Maggie Valley NC - Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie Valley NC is best known for it’s now closed Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park.  During the 60s and 70s, people from all over the world flocked to Maggie Valley to not only visit the Smoky Mountains, but to also visit Ghost Town in the Sky, which opened on May 1, 1961, and became one of most popular tourist attractions in Western North Carolina.

Today, Maggie Valley remains a popular tourist destination, but the now closed and for sale Ghost Town in the Sky is no longer the main attraction.  Maggie Valley attracts visitors worldwide due to it’s close proximity to many of the wonderful and fun things to see and do in Western NC.   Maggie Valley NC is also full of family owned, and unique stores, restaurants, and attractions.

Maggie Valley had it’s beginnings in the early 1800s, after Cherokee Indians gave up the land to form Haywood County.  You can read about Maggie Valley history on our history page.

Major attractions include The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, The Blue Ridge Parkway, Wheels of Time Museum and Cataloochee Ski Resort.

Where is Maggie Valley NC?

Maggie Valley NC is located about 40 minutes west of Asheville NC, just a few minutes off I-40.  Maggie Valley is very close to nearby Waynesville NC, and sits just outside the Great SMoky Mountains National Park, and just off The Blue Ridge Parkway.

Things to Do In Maggie Valley NC

Maggie Valley NC Soco Falls

Soco Falls, just a short drive outside of Maggie Valley

Maggie Valley NC is one the best destinations and towns in Western NC due to being central to nearly all of the great and fun things to do in Western NC, including:

  • The Blue Ridge Parkway, and specifically Waterrock Knob, which is just a few minutes away.
  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, right next to Maggie Valley – Cataloochee Valley is a very pretty and historic area to visit.
  • More than 15 waterfalls all within a hours drive of Maggie, and one of the most beautiful, Soco Falls, that is just minutes away.
  • Take a dip in one the many nearby Swimming Holes.
  • Hundreds of nearby hiking trails in both Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Attend one the awesome events at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
  • Attractions including the world famous, Wheels of Time museum, Cataloochee Ski Resort, Cataloochee Ranch and many more.  Harrah’s Casino is a short and scenic drive over the mountain to Cherokee.

Of course there are your more standard things to do as well, including: Eating out, trying one of the many local craft beers, and shopping at some of the many unique, family owned shops!

>> Check out our list of the Top 15 Things to See and Do in Maggie Valley NC <<

And don’t forgot the wild Elk, which can be found in and around Maggie Valley NC.

Maggie Valley NC Elk

Where to Stay in Maggie Valley NC?

Laurel Park Inn Maggie Valley NC

Laurel Park Inn

Maggie Valley provides a number of wonderful places to stay, including:

Nearly all of them are owned by local families, that add a unique and personal touch to each one.   Some provide fireplaces, pools, and even creekside rooms.   Most provide scenic views and rocking chairs to enjoy them.

When you visit Maggie Valley NC you can rest assured you’ll find the perfect place that will make you feel so at home, you probably won’t want to leave!

Maggie Valley Restaurants – Where to Eat?

Frankie's Italian Trattoria

One of the many awesome meals at Frankie’s Italian Trattoria

Maggie Valley is full of great places to eat, with new options opening up all the time.  Combined, they provide the types of food, atmosphere and prices range you’re looking for when you’re hungry!

Maggie Valley Restaurants serve up: burgers, pizza, steaks, seafood, subs, southern cooking, and a whole lot more.   You might even be amazed to find that Maggie Valley is the home of one the finest Italian Restaurants, Frankie’s Italian Trattoria – you can’t go wrong here.

>> See our Restaurant Guide for a full list of Maggie Valley Restaurants.

Looking for something a little more ethnic or different?  Asheville NC is only 40 minutes away and provides Brazilian Steakhouses, Indian Food, Thai food, and more.

Where to Shop?

For those that love to “shop til you drop”, have no fear, Maggie Valley has plenty of unique and wonderful shops for you to visit.  Maggie features antique shops, one-of-a-kind boutiques,  speciality shops, candy stores, and stores full of unique mountain collectibles and memorabilia.

For more information on shops in Maggie Valley, see our Maggie Valley Shopping Guide.   We would highly recommend stopping by Maggie Mountaineer Crafts, our favorite store!

>>See our Shopping Guide for a full list of all the wonderful and unique shops located in Maggie Valley NC.

Where to Worship?

St. Margaret Maggie Valley NC

St. Margaret of Scotland Maggie Valley

Faith is the foundation of people here in Appalachia and Western NC.  While visiting, you can worship at one of the many churches Maggie Valley has to choose from:

View By Location:

Dellwood Baptist Church
115 Hall Dr, Waynesville, NC 28785 - (828) 926-3846
First Baptist Church of Maggie Valley
3634 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley, NC - (828) 926-0065
Maggie United Methodist
4192 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley, NC - (828) 926-8036
Peachtree United Methodist
307 Black Camp Gap Rd, Maggie Valley, NC - (828) 926-8806
Shady Grove Methodist Church
3570 Jonathan Creek Rd.  Waynesville NC 28785 - (828) 926-3965
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
37 Murphy Dr, Maggie Valley, NC - (828) 926-0106

Please visit their linked websites for service times and for more information.

Medical Care

Haywood Regional Medical Center

For Emergency Medical Care, you’ll want to visit Haywood Regional Medical Center, located at: 262 Leroy George Dr Clyde NC – (828) 456-7311.

Nearby Waynesville NC has a number of Doctor’s offices with general practitioners and specialists.  You can find the office locations by doing a quick Google search for “Waynesville NC Doctors”.

Maggie Valley Services

Rock Creek Turf ServicesMaggie Valley businesses offer a number of services to meet your needs both as a visitor, home owner, or resident.

Services include lawn care and landscaping, house cleaning, car repair, physical fitness, towing, spas and more!


>> Visit our services page for more information, and full listing of Maggie Valley NC Services businesses!

Maggie Valley Weather and Climate

Weather in Maggie Valley is nearly perfect, especially if you prefer somewhat color temperatures than standard Southern United States weather.   The chart below overviews the weather in Maggie, and compares it to average US weather.

 Maggie Valley NCUnited States Average
Elevation2,920 feet1,443 feet
Avg July High Temp81.386.1
Avg Jan Low22.822.6
Avg Rainfall (inches)48.239.2
Avg Snowfall (inches)9.825.8
Avg Sunny Days210205

We do get snow sometimes, but not enough to be a big problem:

Maggie Valley NC Snow