We can’t say it loud enough, get out! Thats right, out. Because thats where Maggie is best. Loose the phone, ditch the pad, and enjoy the best mother nature has to offer. Two of the three most visited national treasures are here. The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If nature is king, then hiking is an invitation to get an audience. Park the car and take a hike. Pick your ability and find the perfect path to enjoy. Waterfalls, views, history and more await.
A rare Glimpse of what Vacations used to be
If fishing is your thing, the Heritage Trout Waters in Maggie and Jonathan Creek offer an experience to test your skills. Land one of our local gems, the Rainbow Trout. The valley offers numerous points to the creek to make access easy and close by.
The return of the majestic elk to the park is also a must see highlight. The best place to see the elk is at sunrise and sunset in Cataloochee Valley. The valley is accessible from the northern end of Jonathan Creek. Occasionally they wander into Maggie to create traffic jams from mesmerized onlookers.
Ever since the invention of the automobile, man has embraced the country ride in the car. The Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina are an incredible backdrop for some of the best riding you’ll ever find. Legendary routes like Deal’s Gap and the Blue Ridge Parkway are in abundance, and just getting to them can be an adventure in itself.
Summer: Retreat from the heat at our high elevation.
Being one of the highest valleys on the east coast at over 3100 feet, the valley stays cooler than the surrounding areas. Often 10 degrees cooler than Asheville or Gatlinburg. Turn off the AC at night and feel the cool mountain air that’s filled with the sounds of nature or the rushing creek. Enjoy the historic sites of the Mountain Farm Museum, Mingus Mill in the park, Cherokee Tribal Village, or the Museum that runs, Wheel Through Time, right here in Maggie.
Fall: Nature paints the mountains like no other.
With the first frosts of fall coating the mountain tops, the avalanch of color down the mountains begin. The Poplars turn yellow then gold, Maples brilliant shades of scarlet, Oaks tans and browns, there are all sorts of colors that fill the mountain sides with a gloriuos pallet. The dramatic difference in elevations makes all of October peak season. Early on, ride up to the peak of the Blue Ridge Parkway to catch the show and by late month it comes to visit right down at the valley floor. So when is “leaf season”, take your pick. My favorite answer is “second game of the world series.” That is easy to remember.
Spring: Nature arrives with a burst of color in the spring
Old timers say the mountains sleep in the winter. If that is true the awakening of spring is not a yawn and hit the snooze. You can watch the color flood the valley and over the course of a couple weeks watch it creep up the mountain sides that line the valley. The Dogwoods bloom in whites and pinks and in the higher elevations trillium floods the hollows reminding us of the snow that is not far from our thoughts. Its a great time to get out the hiking boots and hit some trail. Between the ski and summer seasons, crowds are scarce and the trails can be all yours.
GPS coordinates 35°30′52″N 83°4′1″W . The valley offers a southern glimpse of a true season climate in the heart of the south. Maggie Valley is a unique point on the map for the visitors seeking adventure. Like a center of a spoked wheel. Easy drives to Gatlinburg, Cherokee, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and Asheville. To the south, you’ll find the land of the waterfall in Transylvania County. Maggie Valley is a great escape from the heat of the south without having the long haul of traveling way far north. Unlike the tourist mecas of surrounding communities, Maggie is a through back to the past. A time when the attraction of the mountains themselves was what people sought. The surrounding mountains rise above 5000 feet in elevation. Cataloochee Ski Area tops out at above a mile in elevation. Snow during the winter is common especially at the higher elevations so if you come to experience the true spirit of the mountains come prepared.
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