Best Things to do in Maggie Valley NC

There is so much to see and do in Maggie Valley NC that you just might have trouble deciding what to do in the time you're here!   But don't fret!  We've hand selected the best things things to do in Maggie Valley NC for you.  Each of these is an absolute must see when visiting Maggie Valley NC!

Updated: 7/14/2022

1 - Explore Wheels Through Time Museum

Visit Maggie Valley's world famous attraction, Wheels Through Time Museum, located at 62 Vintage Ln, Maggie Valley, NC.

Wheels Though Time Museum contains the "world’s premier collection of rare American motorcycles, memorabilia, and a distinct array of unique “one-off” American automobiles".   All of these are displayed in life like scenes with lots of historical information on each other items.    There are more than 350 rare machines to see.  Take your time browsing this wonderful indoor attraction, as there is so much see.  

Located just 5 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Maggie Valley, North Carolina our museum houses a collection of over 350 rare machines.

2 - Visit Soco Falls

Fall Colors Soco Falls

Soco Falls is a real hidden gem, that many visitors miss out on seeing.   The falls are located just a little ways past the Blue Ridge Parkway on Highway 19, heading towards Cherokee.  Soco Falls is actually two waterfalls, one about 50' and the other over 100'.  Both falls cascade next to each other into a creek below.

Soco Falls is gorgeous year round, but especially in the Fall!

3 - Watch a sunset at Waterrock Knob

Sunset at Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway

One of the beautiful sunsets on the Parkway is visible just a little ways up the Parkway, from the Maggie Valley entry point, at Waterrock Knob.

The Waterrock Knob parking area is absolutely stunning, providing very wide and long distance views looking both east and west.  This makes it perfect for both a sunrises and sunsets, assuming the fog doesn't move in.

The parking area has a nice meadow in the center, perfect for a picnic or to let the kids play in.  The Parking area is also surrounded by nice concrete Picnic tables, and you can even hike up to the top.

4 - Take a tour or see a show at Elevated Mountain Distilling Company

Update - Elevated Mountain Distilling Company is currently closed, and is under bankruptcy and foreclosure.   It may or may not re-open.  We'll keep you posted as we learn more!

Elevated Mountain Distilling Company is the first legal distillery in Haywood County (please note we said legal ... haha).  Haywood county has been known for exceptional distilled products over the years, the most famous of whom is Popcorn Sutton, a famous moonshiner.

Elevated Mountain Distilling Company continues with this tradition of providing the finest spirits, made from local corn and water.   Stop by, sample some of their products, tour the distillery, buy some memorabilia, and of course some "unaged whiskey" and other products, such as Raymond Fairchild Root Beer White Lightning.

You can also find live entertainment, drinks and food on the weekends as well.

Elevated Mountain Distilling Company is located in the heart of Maggie Valley, at a 3732 Soco Rd.  Maggie Valley, NC

5 - Maggie Valley Puzzle Rooms

Can you solve the puzzle with your team mates and escape?

Welcome to the ever popular world of Escape Rooms with Maggie Valley Puzzle Rooms.  You must, as a team, find clues, solve puzzles, keys, combination locks, and whatever else necessary to get out within one hour!  Sound easy?  It's not, but it sure is fun!

Maggie Valley Puzzle rooms are designed for groups of two to 10 people, ages 7-85.  Each room has a different scenario with its own plot, and new scenarios and plots are added frequently.  

Call Maggie Valley Puzzle Rooms today to make your reservation.  Located at: 20 Kyles Way, Maggie Valley - (828) 558-1511

6 - Take a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Fall on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the most popular national parks and scenic drives in the world, is just minutes from Maggie Valley Town Center.   Even better?  The section of the Parkway, from Maggie Valley, NC to Asheville, NC is one of the most beautiful, due to the high elevation and long distance scenic views.

The Parkway has a Maggie Valley entry point, just a few miles south on Highway 19, traveling towards Cherokee.   Get on the Parkway, and head east to Asheville for miles an miles of scenic views.  You can also head to Cherokee and the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, at the Oconoluftee Visitors Center.

Be sure and stop off at Waterrock Knob, Highest point on the Parkway, Devil's Courthouse, Graveyard Fields, and the Pisgah Inn.

7 - Go on a Family Adventure in Big Creek

Big Creek is about 45 minutes from Maggie Valley, and provides beautiful scenary, history, hiking, waterfalls, and one of the most popular swimming holes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Midnight hole.

Big Creek is an old logging operation, that was made part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the early 1930s.   To reach midnight hole, you'll hike 1.5 miles up the old railroad grade into the heart of Big Creek.  

If you don't enjoy hiking, have a picnic at the creekside picnic area, fish, and let the kids play in the water.  Big Creek has excellent camping facilities as well.

8 - Go Shopping at Maggie Mountaineer Crafts

No trip to the mountains is complete, without a stop at one of the local gift shops, and Maggie Mountaineer Crafts is one of the oldest and the most popular.   The shop is full of unique mountain memorabilia, "Maggie Valley wear", Native American items, knives, toys, stuffed animals, coffee mugs, and much more.

Top off your visit by tasting some of their famous fudge, and bring some home.  Made fresh daily, this the some of the best fudge you'll eat anywhere.  They have 35+ flavors!!

Be sure and get your photo taken by the Moonshine still, big'ol Black Bear, the Hillbilly pickup truck, or even in the outhouse!  Head out back to enjoy the gardens and the crisp and cool Jonathan Creek that runs right behind the store.

>> You and your family will have a blast at Maggie Mountaineer Crafts.  Read our full guide on Maggie Mountaineer Crafts for more information and photos.

9 - Take a drive on Heintooga Round Bottom Road

Interested in taking a remote, peaceful and scenic drive that most visitors don't even know exists??  Heintooga Round Bottom Road is for you.

This 28 mile gravel road that goes from the Parkway, near Maggie Valley, down to Cherokee.  For most of the drive, the road is one way, so you don't have to worry about oncoming traffic.  While there aren't any major scenic attractions, the road is full of small waterfalls, wildflowers, and wildlife, if you're lucky.

Towards the bottom, you'll ride along a gorgeous creek for miles that is full of photo opportunities.

10 - Find Treasure while Gem Mining

Visit Maggie Valley Gem Mining, Rock Shop and Jewelry with the whole family for a fun time mining for gems!

The kids and adults will love sifting for gems, and be sure the visit the really awesome and cool Rock Shop for unique and beautiful gift shop.

Located at 3894 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley, NC 28751

11 - See the Elk in Cataloochee Valley

Cataloochee Valley Elk

The drive into the remote Cataloochee Valley, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, will slowly take you back in time.   Your cell service will end, your pace will slow down, and you'll begin to imagine yourself traveling down the old dirt road in a horse or mule pulled wagon full of traded goods that you're bringing back to the valley for yourself and your neighbors.  You'll feel much as the early settlers to this area did as they travelled and lived harder, but much more simple lives.

Cataloochee Valley was a large settlement that become part of the Park when it was formed in the 1930s.  Cataloochee Valley features: old homes, barns, and old school, and church.   There are hiking trails and creeks to explore.  Cataloochee Valley is also full of wildlife including bears and Elk!

People come from all over the world to visit Cataloochee Valley and to see the Elk, which are out most often in the early mornings and late afternoons.  Cataloochee Valley is a place you'll want to visit, not only to see the Elk, but to experience it as well.   The Valley is beautiful.

12 - Eat breakfast at Joey's Pancake House

Joey's Pancake House Maggie Valley NC

Joey's Pancake House has been in the Valley for a long time, and is a tradition for many returning visitors, and a go to place of many local resident.  Many visitors remember having breakfast with their families, as children at Joey's, and the tradition continues today.

The menu has tons of options, include many different types of pancakes (of course), eggs, omelettes, sides, and more!

One thing about Joey's is you'll always find the food fresh and hot, and the staff about as friendly as it gets!

Joey's Pancake house is located at 4309 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley, NC  - (828) 926-0212

13 - Ski at Cataloochee Ski Area

Skiing the Blue Ridge Mountains

If you're visiting in the winter, Cataloochee Ski Area should be high on your list of things to do and see.  Located way up Fie Top Mountain Road, behind Maggie Valley is one of just a few Snow Skiing resorts in North Carolina, Cataloochee Ski Area.

Cataloochee Ski Resort has more than 50 acres of trails for every skill level, and specific areas for snow boarders.   They offer gear rental, along with ski and snow boarding lessons.  Elevation is 5,400 feet and the slopes provide  a 740' foot vertical drop.

Not put to Skiing, stop by Tube world at the base of Fie Top Road in Maggie Valley, and tube down the slopes, and back up using their carpet lift.   Fun for the whole family!

Cataloochee Ski Area is located at: 1080 Ski Lodge Road, Maggie Valley NC - 828-926-0285

14 - Mini-golf at Fantasy Golf & Game Room

Mini-golf is always a fun activity for the whole family, and Maggie Valley Fantasy Golf and Game Room is a ton of fun!

You'll enjoy 18 unique and challenging holes featuring waterfalls, a lighthouse and a magnificent view from the 18th hole tower.

Located just a short walk from many hotels, this is a fun activity you won't want to miss out on.  Locally owned and operated.

You'll find them at: 3659 Soco Rd Maggie Valley, NC 28751 - (828) 926-8180

15 - Watch a dance show at Stomping Grounds

Mountain Music and dancing has been a tradition at Stomping Grounds in Maggie Valley for as far back as most people can remember.

Shows are done on the huge 60 x 80 foot polished dance floor, each Friday and Saturday night, April through October.  The minute Ivy Hill band begins to play, the dancing starts, and doesn't stop until the show is over.

Dancing styles include square dancing, line dancing, clogging and two steppin'.  Dancers are dressed up beautiful matching dance outfits, and put on a heck of show.  This is a show you don't want to miss, and will take you back in time, in place where these styles of dance were invented.

Stomping Grounds is located at: 3116 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, NC - (828) 926-1288

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