Welcome to Haywood County, North Carolina, home of the Great Smoky Mountains and 46 of the most scenic miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Haywood County boasts authentic Appalachian history, culture, and natural experiences.

There is so much to see and do when you visit NC! Haywood County, North Carolina is most well-known for its 46 miles of scenic drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and vacation cabin rentals in Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Canton and Clyde. But there is also much more in Haywood County to enjoy!

For starters, don’t miss Cataloochee Valley, the birthplace of the reintroduced elk population in the Great Smoky Mountains. Motor touring enthusiasts will be in hog heaven at America’s renowned transportation museum, “Wheels Through Time.” Plan ahead in order to catch Haywood’s award-winning native bluegrass band, Balsam Range, at one of the annual festivals celebrating the very best parts of genuine Appalachian heritage, like delectable ramps, clogging, and the North Carolina state dog, the Plott Hound.

A short trip from BearWaters will land you at the Rough Creek Watershed, the source of all the water at the brewery and a great place to enjoy a hike.  We are fortunate to partner with Haywood Waterways Association to help ensure that our water continues to be among the purest on this planet.

Visit official Civil War heritage sites and original pioneer settlements, or just take a deep breath and enjoy a cascading waterfall, wooded trail, or pristine river. The outdoor adventure doesn’t slow down in the winter either. Hit the slopes at one of the country’s southern most ski resorts, Cataloochee Ski Area. Embark on an agritourism adventure at a local farmer’s market or visit one of our diverse u-pick farms. Get active with scenic bicycling, trout fishing, or a round of relaxing golf. Then, after strolling the area’s unique shops and galleries, end the day with a fresh farm-to-table dinner and a locally brewed craft beer.

If you need a short hiatus from beer during your travels, give our nearby friends at Elevated Mountain Distilling a visit.