While you're visiting Waynesville, NC you may want to delve into any number of activities that this area of Western North Carolina has to offer visitors. Those of you who come to the Smoky Mountains to experience the the wonders of the great outdoors may choose from any number of things to do that allow you to take in the peace and quiet of nature. Set a more sedate pace and take a leisurely hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway or in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and view an abundance of tree and plant species. The Smoky Mountains are well know for their diversity of plant and animal life. The GSMNP offers 16 peaks with elevations over 6000 ft and over 700 miles of streams in which to fish. Some of you may wish to blaze a trail to the top of the mountain and take in the views offered from elevations above 6000 feet, or hike parts of the Appalachian Trail. Horseback riding is always a treat both outside of and in the GSMNP. Kayak, white water raft, or inner tube down any number of rivers in the area. Go fishing and then take it back to the camp site for dinner, and roast marshmallows for dessert while watching the lightening bugs put on a show. Rent a bike if you didn't bring you own and hit a trail rated novice or one rated extreme. Snowboarders and skiers can find many slopes on which to play, many just a short drive away.
Visitors who are less enthusiastic about spending time outdoors can just relax in the rocking chair or take a trip into town to shop. Those of you who want to find Appalachian crafts such as pottery, quilts, or jewelry will find many local craft stores in which to shop. Take a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and catch a show entitled "Unto These Hills" at the Cherokee Indian Reservation and then shop for authentic Native American baskets, arrowheads, or jewelry. Take another scenic drive and visit the grounds and estate at the Biltemore House in Asheville, NC. Waynesville, NC offers a wonderful downtown district so take a walk down main street and carouse thru clothing, furniture, craft, and nick knack stores and recharge at any number of cafe's, coffee shops, and restaurants.
Waynesville also offers unique festivals that offer plenty of fun for the whole family. Southerners are known for getting together and showing off the latest BBQ or jam recipe, or the best crafts. Shop local crafters display booths, welcome the spring , appreciate the arts, sample local chef's culinary master pieces, celebrate Appalachian culture, dance in the street as local artists perform live, watch the Folkmoot parade and see dancers from all over the world perform, celebrate great BBQ, celebrate ramps (the kind you eat), and buy local apples at the Apple Festival, just to name a few depending on the season in which you visit Waynesville, N.C.