The Itinerary at a Glance
Authentic Appalachian experiences are happening daily in Haywood County. With 46 of the most scenic miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and an established elk population, there is always something to see. It’s time to gather in the North Carolina Smokies. The farm-to-table experience in Haywood County covers everything from locally raised trout and roasted coffee to handcrafted soda and distilled spirits. While you enjoy eating and drinking your way through town, you can visit one of our museums or take in the views along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
3 Unique Experiences on This Trip
- Sunburst Trout Farms
- Wheels Through Time Museum
- Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon
Duration: 3 Days
This Itinerary is Ideal For: Adults 21+
Arrive early in the afternoon at BearWaters Brewing Company in Canton to sample some award-winning craft beer. A brew aptly named “Smells Like Money” won a bronze medal at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival. Their riverside deck and patio are a great place to gather before moving on to your next stop. Afterwards, head over to Sunburst Trout Farms, which has been sustainably raising trout in waters from the Shinning Rock National Wilderness since 1948. They are known for a variety of items like caviar, smoked trout, boneless fillets, trout dips and trout jerky. That evening, visit Waynesville for dinner at one of our farm-to-table restaurants like Birchwood Hall Southern Kitchen or The Sweet Onion.
Begin the day with breakfast at your hotel, and then head out for a morning drive along 13 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway between Maggie Valley and Waynesville. Stop at WaterRock Knob for some amazing views, a short hike and a talk with a ranger at the visitor’s center. There are numerous overlooks along this section of the parkway for additional photo opportunities. Head towards Maggie Valley for lunch at Catalooche Guest Ranch. Afterwards, take your experience to another level by visiting the Wheels Through Time Museum to see an amazing collection of American motorcycles, memorabilia and one-off automobiles. The museum has been featured on both the History Channel and Velocity. Later, stop by Elevated Mountain Distillery for a genuine whiskey experience. Learn about how they use local grains during the distilling process and finish with a tasting. That evening, grab dinner back in Canton at Southern Porch, which is housed in The Imperial, a former home and hotel built in 1876.This picturesque building was built in a Queen Anne style of architecture.
Begin the day by visiting the Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon to learn about handcrafted jams, pickles and artisan foods with a focus on sustainable agriculture in western North Carolina. Afterwards, head to downtown Waynesville for some shopping on Main Street and lunch at BooJum Brewing Company. Don’t forget to stop by Sunburst Market for local trout as well as other delicious food and beverage items like a handcrafted soda from the Waynesville Soda Jerks. Before leaving, you need to visit Hazelwood. This eclectic section of town is home to the Hazelwood Soap Company, which is a family-owned business that specializes in artisanal bath, body and home products. Also, grab a book for the road at Blue Ridge Books or a coffee from Smokey Mountain Coffee Roasters. Finally, stop in Robin Blu for a last-minute unique gift to take home.