Small town, big mountains. Great combo. While Asheville gets a lot of love from travel writers (justifiably), if you head a little west to Maggie Valley, you get better access to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and a few more hi's and how are ya's. You won't feel like a tourist here. You'll feel like a neighbor. Find Maggie Valley vacation deals on everything from restaurants to attractions with this money-saving travel guide. Browse the map and read details about the best and cheapest things to see and do in this Smoky Mountain town.
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With the Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park close by, outdoor fun is definitely in your forecast. Whatever gets your heart pumping - cross-country skiing or leisurely strolling past a series of water falls - Maggie Valley's got it. The best things in life really are free. Just ask Mother Nature!
- Pisgah National Forest: For free (or a very small fee), you can go fishing on the river, biking on a trail, or enjoy a scenic picnic at the 500-acre playground. Drive south through Waynesville
- Blue Ridge Parkway: Maggie Valley’s piece of the Blue Ridge Parkway is not to be missed, with views that make driving fun again. Consider making a stop at Waterrock Knob and hiking up to the 6,292-foot summit. Winds through Maggie Valley and takes you to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
- Great Smoky Mountain National Park: Check out our list of the top 10 Smoky Mountain attractions – all free or cheap. Make sure to check out Cataloochee Valley, where North Carolina history meets the mountains. On a day trip, you can check out the local wildlife as well as antebellum buildings. Just west of Maggie Valley, take Blue Ridge Parkway to the entrance
- Downtown Waynesville: Just south of Maggie Valley is another Smoky Mountain charmer, Waynesville. Downtown Waynesville is great for shopping and dining, but what makes it so unique is its view of the mountains. If you visit in July, don’t miss out on Folkmoot USA, a two-week festival celebrating folk music and dance. South of Maggie Valley
- Wheels Through Time Museum: Harley-Davidson fans, and everyone else for that matter, will fall in love with this museum, packed with 300+ one-of-a-kind and classic motorcycles. Adults get in for $12, kids for $6. Vintage Lane 2871
If you like good old-fashioned burgers and onion rings, and friendly waiters, you'll love Maggie Valley's selection of restaurants. You'll also love the prices.
- Holiday Diner: The Rueben burger, the soup, and the onion rings are all local favorites, and are made from scratch by Chef Steve. 3253 Soco Road 28751
- Moonshine Grill: The $11 “Early Bird Special” (from 4:40 to 6:30) and the hospitable staff make the grilled pork chop, fried catfish, and homemade meatloaf taste even better. 2550 Soco Road 28751
- Rendezvous Restaurant and Lounge: From the poolside Tiki Bar to the chicken tenders to the crisp onion rings to the pizzeria (a recent addition), there’s a lot to love about this well-rounded diner. Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center 70 Soco Road 28751
- Snappy's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria: This unassuming diner might just turn into your “go to” for dinner for the duration of your stay. Whether it’s the delicious sourdough pizza crust or the huge calzones you take a liking to, it’s clear that every dish here is authentic Italian and freshly made. 2769 Soco Road 28751
- Joey's Pancake House: Got a big group and a big appetite? This breakfast spot can handle both; it’s practically an institution in Maggie Valley. Try the hash browns, the grits, and of course – the pancakes! 4309 Soco Road 28751
- Butt's On The Creek: If you’re feeling like some barbecue, like pulled pork, ribs, and smoked chicken, head here. The atmosphere isn't too bad either - eat out on the creek side porch! 1584 Soco Rd 28751
- Pin High Bar & Grille: Great lunch spot with a view of the golf course. Maggie Valley Club & Resort 1819 Country Club Drive 28751
- Your own kitchen: Unlike hotels, Maggie Valley cabins and condos usually have a full kitchen and dining area. That means you don’t always have to dine out and risk going over your vacation budget!
Maggie Valley cabin rentals and vacation homes allow you to enjoy the beautiful Smoky Mountains as they should be enjoyed: unobstructed mountain views, easy access to the golf course and the slopes, amazing amenities that make every second of your vacation, including the downtime, memorable, and plenty of room for you and your loved ones to relax in. You’d expect Maggie Valley vacation rentals to be way more expensive than hotels because of these beneifts, but the opposite is true. While you can definitely splurge on a luxury rental, the bigger the rental and the longer you stay, the more affordable it gets – split the bill with your group and benefit from cheap weekly rates. It’s not uncommon to stay in a Smoky Mountain vacation cabin with multiple bedrooms and fantastic amenities (like satellite TV or a hot tub) for the same price of a hotel room with one bed.
Okay, so you’ve got your itinerary down and you know which budget-friendly restaurants and attractions to hit up. You’ve also found some great Maggie Valley accommodation deals. However, there’s an additional way to save! Everything is a little cheaper during the off season. So, avoid the summertime, especially July, when people funnel in for the nearby Folkmoot USA festival. Unfortuantely, or fortunately, the Smoky Mountains are quite attractive year-round with skiing in the winter, and hiking in the summer However, October tends to be a quieter time of year, so if you can visit then, consider it!