Enjoy Winter in Maggie Valley

Maggie Valley is a beautiful winter wonderland, and it’s right here in Haywood County. So, before heading north for winter sports and activities, check out all this area offers. It’s a great vacation spot for adults and families with children.

Winter Hiking

The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains surround Maggie Valley, so it is an ideal place to hike whether you are looking for easy or strenuous trails. And when you go in the winter, you avoid bugs, snakes, and crowds. Plus, you can enjoy miles of gorgeous sights without leaves blocking your view. Check out this article for information about Maggie Valley trails.

Snow Skiing and Snowboarding

Cataloochee Ski Resort is just 4 miles from U.S. 19 above Maggie Valley. Its 50 acres of skiable areas offer 18 trails. The region’s only independently-owned ski area and the first ski area in North Carolina, it is in its 61st season. It’s an excellent place for both skiers and snowboarders. Beginners can take group or private lessons, and they have a special Cat Trackers program for kids ages 4-12. They have a lodge for meals, refreshments, and breaks.

Snow Tubing

If snow tubing is more your speed, visit Tube World. You can glide in an inner tube down a groomed, snow-covered slope. Riders must be 42″ tall. A food truck is often available for lunch, or you plan your 1 hour, 45-minute session around meals and enjoy one of the restaurants in town.

Elk Viewing

In 2001, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the National Park Service, and other partners joined to restore wild elk to the Smoky Mountains in the Cataloochee Valley near Maggie Valley. The original 52 elk released have grown to a herd of almost 200.

The best way to see them is to visit the Cataloochee Valley area in the southeastern section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the early morning or late evening. However, they also wander in and around Maggie Valley, especially in the winter, when they may move from the high country to valleys to feed.

If you see elk, remain at least 150 feet away and at a distance that does not disturb them. Failure to do so can result in arrest or fines.

Delicious Food

If you prefer not to eat at chain restaurants, you will love eating in Maggie Valley. The quaint, locally-owned places offer delicious food and good service. A few of our favorites are Joey’s Pancake HouseSnappy’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, and BrickHouse Burgers and Pizza.

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Once you visit Maggie Valley, enjoy all it offers year-round. Let’s talk! We are your experts on real estate throughout Haywood County, including Maggie Valley. We’d love to help.