Maggie Valley is located right beside the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP) and very near Interstate-40 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Maggie Valley has been a favorite for generations of folks in need of a cool mountain getaway. Its location near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, plus a large number of fine dining choices, and craft, souvenir and gift shops guarantee an enjoyable altitude change and experience.
A wide selection of Maggie Valley hotels, motels, cabins and condominiums serve as lodging accommodations for Maggie Valley NC visitors. Hotels and motels dot the main parkway. Among the hotels are locally owned motor inns, but increasingly, the hotel and motel chains are available, including Best Western, Ramada Inn, Country Inn and Suites, and the Comfort Inn.
The fall brings the most visitors, who are eager to get away from the city, and to see the splendid colors of autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains. But spring and summer are also extremely popular with travelers, and for good reason. The kids are out of school and the cooler air in the mountains offer a respite from summer heat. Spring, of course, is a time for renewal and the burst of color from wildflowers is enchanting.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) and its majestic peaks is one of the main reasons for Maggie Valley’s popularity with travelers. The Smokies have more plant and animal species than any other national park. Deep within its rugged mountains and down miles of tree shrouded roads, you’ll find places like Cataloochee, with its restored historic buildings. These homesteads, barns and other outbuildings, serve as reminders of the Appalachian mountain culture of days gone by. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites the mountain traveler to enjoy its marvelous rivers for trout fishing, picnic tables for quiet luches, camping sites, and kayaking. The mountainous terrain of the national park also offers 800 miles of mountain vistas, hiking trails and horseback riding trails.
Maggie Valley NC restaurants offer visitors a variety of options when choosing a place to dine–everything from barbeque and chicken to steaks and trout. There are also a number of pizzerias, sandwich shops and grills. Chain restaurants include Shoney’s, Subway, but for the discerning or those celebrating a special occasion, the Waynesville Country Club might be a good choice. Perhaps the most unique place to dine can be found at the Cataloochee Ranch, which serves meals family style. Meals at the Cataloochee Ranch are mainly available to those staying at the ranch, but call ahead on a space available basis–you might get lucky.