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Just 30 miles outside of Asheville, situated between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains is the quaint town of Waynesville, North Carolina. Because of it’s proximity to the Blue Ridge parkway, Pisgah forest and Asheville, Waynesville is a great place to visit for a getaway to the North Carolina mountains. If you are looking to getaway for a weekend or a week, you will find plenty of things to do in Waynesville to keep you busy!
Things to do in Waynesville NC
Drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway
One of the best ways to spend the day in Waynesville is by taking a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. No matter what time of year you visit, you will find nothing but amazing views. Granted, the fall when leaves are turning is pretty magnificent, but you will not be disappointed any time you get the chance to discover the beauty of this range of mountains.
There are plenty of stopping points along your journey where you can take a hike, see a waterfall or just bask in the glory of nature.
Waynesville Public Art Trail
Waynesville Public Art Commision has put together an interactive self guided tour of public art throughout the beloved town of Waynesville. All art is located outdoors making it easy to social distance and stay safe.
Visit Downtown Waynesville for some Shopping
You can easily spend an entire day just roaming the different shops that line Main Street. You will find everything from Antiques to handcrafted soaps.
One of my favorite things to do in Waynesville is visit the local boutiques to find one of a kind items to take back home to remind me of our trip. You will find plenty of unique items from the local shops.
You will find local favorites like Mast General Store along with unique boutique stores carrying an array of hand curated items.
Get the pups a treat at Smokey Mountain Dog Bakery that has some of the most beautiful dog treats I’ve ever seen. And while this place is a bakery, it also has just about everything you can think of when it comes to spoiling your pup. Take some time to browse the store and don’t forget to grab a doggy bag of treats to go.
Stop in Dillsboro Chocolate Factory for a sweet treat. You will find that they have fudge, hard dipped chocolates, truffles, and shooters (filled with liquor). They even have chocolate boxes that are samples of some of their most popular treats if you are looking for a gift.
Grab a beer at Boojum Brewing Company Taproom
Boojum Brewery makes one of my all time favorite North Carolina beers, Hounds of Helles. If you get the chance to stop in, get it on draft. If not, you can also purchase cans to go!
Boojum has a nice deck out back where you can sit and enjoy a pint and since they also serve food, you can have a meal while you are there as well.
Take a driving tour of The Quilt Trail.
You may notice on your drive into Waynesville that many of the buildings have large square Quilt painting hanging out front. These quilt images represent a symbol of comfort, family, and community.
Take time to do the Quilt Trail where you can see as many as 48 Quilt patterns in Haywood County.
Day Trips from Waynesville
While there are many things to do in Waynesville, you should take time to visit some other places that are just a short drive from there! Two of our favorite places to visit nearby are Asheville and Cherokee. Both are an easy 30 minute drive.
The largest city near Waynesville, Asheville is one of the top tourist sites in the state. You will find getting to Asheville from Waynesville quite easy, just a short 30 minute drive. Consider making the day trip to Asheville to explore the eclectic downtown or the magnificent Biltmore Estate.
If you want to learn about the history of the Cherokee Tribe or like to gamble, you should make the short drive to Cherokee, NC. Cherokee is a town on the reservation home of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. Because it is a reservation, gambling is allowed and you will find Harrah’s Cherokee Casino open to the public. History buffs will want to make time to see the drama “Unto These Hills,” which is done in an outdoor theater nightly.
When you are looking for places to visit on your next trip to the NC Mountains, make sure that you consider spending some time in Waynesville. As you can see, you will have plenty to do while there!