The Top 4 Maggie Valley Attractions

Maggie Valley is a quaint little mountain town nestled among the beautiful Smoky Mountains. BBonline has compiled this list of Maggie Valley Attractions to make your holiday a memorable one.

Blue Ridge Parkway
199 Hemphill Knob Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28803
(828) 271-4779
www.blueridgeparkway.org

Known as "America's Favorite Drive," this parkway traverses 29 counties! The drive along the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains is packed with historic sites, various cultural communities and stunning natural beauty. Visiting the communities will enable you to experience new traditions and the cuisine of the region.

En route, you can stop for some hiking, golfing, fishing, white water rafting and more. There's the Folk Art Center (Milepost 382) and if you're interested in the treasures of the earth, there's the Museum of North Carolina Minerals (Milepost 331). Both these centers are open throughout the year. Campgrounds are available. Asheville is just 45 minutes by road from Maggie Valley. Avoid heading to the parkway in winter when snow and ice can jam the roads.

Biltmore House
1 N Pack Sq Ste 400 (Approach Road)
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
www.biltmore.com

Inspired by the design of a French Renaissance chateau, the historic 19th century Biltmore House has the distinction of being the largest private residence in America. The mansion has 250 rooms, a two-story library, original Renoir paintings, a gigantic indoor swimming pool and many period marvels such as centrally controlled clocks.

The mansion continues to remain in the family of the original owners, the Vanderbilts, and is surrounded by 75 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens laid out by America's most famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. The grounds also feature a classy inn and a winery.

You can see Biltmore House in many films including "Being There," "Hannibal" and "Return to the Secret Garden." You're bound to find the place full of visitors as it is higher on the list of historic tourist destinations than Elvis Presley's "Graceland." Its winery is the nation's most visited. Interesting seasonal events are planned here throughout the year. Avoid visiting the Biltmore Estate when it's most crowded on weekends and holidays, but make sure you get to see it from your cozy Maggie Valley Inn.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Cosby, Tennessee 37738

Maggie Valley is located on the edge of America's favorite park, so there's no excuse for not seeing the park during your stay at your Maggie Valley Bed and Breakfast. If you like hiking and some space to yourself, the park has more than 800 miles of trails. The best point of access is from the Cataloochee Valley close by, as it is less crowded. You may even glimpse elk in this area.

What makes this park so special is its huge variety of endangered plants and the habitat it provides for black bears and wild trout. Camping here is an unforgettable experience.

Museum of the Cherokee Indian
BIA Highway 441
Cherokee, North Carolina 28719
(828) 497-3481
www.cherokeemuseum.org

The Smoky Mountains were home to the Cherokee Indians for more than ten thousand years and this museum attempts to preserve and perpetuate their culture and history. Apart from the exhibits and collections, the museum offers a peek into the lifestyle and crafts of the Cherokee who currently live on reservations.  

You can learn handicraft skills and Cherokee dancing from members of the tribe, as well as taste their cuisine. Tribal elders will guide you along nature trails in the mountains. Cherokee is just a few miles from Maggie Valley.