Maggie Valley, North Carolina
If you're looking for a place a little out of the way, but not far enough to lose its Southern charm, Maggie Valley, North Carolina is an ideal little getaway. Blessed with an ideal year-round climate, Maggie Valley is far enough south that Spring comes pretty early, bringing forth a marvelous display of natural blooming beauty to the mountainsides as Redbud, Dogwood, and a great number of wildflowers spring to life. During the Summer months, Maggie Valley's heat is tempered by cool mountain heights and temperatures at night cool down just enough to create some of the most relaxing evenings anywhere in the South. Hardwood forests show their fall foliage color in a spectacular display each autumn, bringing in more visitors than any other time of the year. Meanwhile, Winter brings on a quieter, slower season.
Occupying almost half the county are parts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pisgah National Forest and the Harmon Den Wildlife Refuge, where the Blue Ridge Parkway meets the Great Smoky Mountains. Agricultural and business interests might find the central part of the county more suitable, and the area is easily accessible to major southeastern U.S. cities. Location is said to be one of Maggie Valley's strong points. Encompassing 546 square miles, Haywood County has a population of about 52,000. In all, four incorporated towns make up the county: Maggie Valley, Canton, Waynesville, and Clyde. With cool mountain elevations ranging to over 6000 feet and a mild southern climate, Haywood County is a marvelous spot at any time for business or recreation.