Blue Ridge Parkway
Since the first section of the Blue Ridge Pakway scenic motor road opened to public travel more than 60 years ago, the Parkway has recorded some 700 million visits. That’s a stunning number, to be sure, but then the Parkway is a wonderfully stunning resource.
Local highlights include Waterrock Knob, Graveyard Fields, Devil’s Courthouse and the highest point on the parkway (6050 feet) all within an hours drive of Maggie Valley, North Carolina.
The gently winding road offers spectacular mountain scenery as it threads its way from the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. Along its 469-mile length, distant vistas are complemented by pastoral landscapes, replete with log cabins and split-rail fences. At the same time, the Parkway boasts a surprising variety of plants and wildlife.
Maggie Valley, North Carolina
Spend a day on the slopes of Cataloochee Ski Area. During the Spring and Fall the weather is perfect for hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or a day cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Smoky Falls Lodge on Jonathan Creek in Maggie Valley, is the crown jewel of Maggie Valley Hotels. The storied building was once the Mount Valley Lodge and has been passionately restored and enhanced past it’s former glory. Fashioned after the rustic log lodges of old, the new lodge now features pillow top beds, cable TV and wireless internet access.