North Carolina Mountain Activities

All of these things to do on your North Carolina mountain vacation are easily accessed from The Windover Inn Bed & Breakfast

White Water Rafting, Kayaking and Tubing

Whether you get there yourself, or take the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad (this picture of rafters was taken from the train)  to the Nantahala Outdoor Center , you can enjoy the white waters of our area less than an hour away! Some other options -  Nantahala Rafting; Wildwater

Hiking the Trails

Trails from easy to extremely difficult will put you to the challenge. Our bed and breakfast is only 10 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway and 20 minutes from  The Great Smoky Mountain National Park with hundreds of miles of trails. On off season, we explore for you and develop day trips to make your exploring stress free. Waynesville's Western North Carolina location is a great starting point for day trips offering endless hiking opportunities like the trail pictured here at Chimney Rock. Whether your walking or running, reconnecting with nature doesn't get any better than this! If you have a minute, check out these YouTube videos of some of our local trails done by us and our favorite hiker. This Hike WNC website is great too!


Not even a mile from downtown Waynesville , you can walk to the galleries, shops or to dinner from our bed and breakfast's Waynesville location. It's not only a pleasure - but good exercise and a gas saver!  And for those wanting an early morning walk or run before breakfast, the route to downtown and back is great, but there's also a 1/4 mile asphalt track right across the street from us!

Eco-Tours to Cataloochee Valley

Cataloochee Valley Tours provides transportation and guided eco-tours to the valley, including morning birding and wildflower hikes, synchronous firefly night walks and evening elk eco-tours! Click here to find out more

Just 25 miles from us in Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park you'll find history and adventure, whether you're taking an eco-tour, hiking the trails, or taking an auto tour of the cove and historic structures with the parks self-guiding booklet. Feel the history as you walk through the schoolhouse or chapel where ancestors of the original settlers still have an annual reunion! See elk, deer, bear, wild turkey and other wildlife along the trails and in Cataloochee's meadows. Early morning and late evening are the best times to view elk throughout the year. Summer is best for seeing calves, September and October are best months to see males sparring and to hear the male's legendary bugling calls to attract cows.


Western North Carolina has plenty of challenging trails for the avid mountain biker, and the Blue Ridge Parkway is a cyclist's dream ride! For the mountain biker, why not try Canton's Rough Creek Watershed, an 830-acre preserve with a 10-mile mountain bike trail right here in our county! For more trail info check out  WNC Travel and Romantic Asheville's listing.

Want an exhilarating challenge?  Why not try our county's annual Blue Ridge Breakaway ? With routes for every skill level, this Western North Carolina cycling event can provide you with the challenge you want along with the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, scenic byways and county roads.

Lake Junaluska Activities

Just 10 minutes from us there's a beautiful spot for those wanting a less adventurous outing.  Whether it's the solitude of a walk on the path around the lake, golf,   swimming, playing tennis, or renting a canoe or paddleboat, the mountain views surrounding this 200 acre lake will take your breath away! 

Attending a conference at the Lake Junaluska Conference Center?  Why not stay with us and enjoy the casual elegance of our bed and breakfast (early breakfast can be provided based on attendees schedules) not even a mile from historic downtown Waynesville and its great shops, galleries and restaurants?


In addition to Lake Junaluska's Golf Course, we have several other mountain golf courses in our county - Waynesville Inn Golf Resort; Maggie Valley Club; Springdale Country Club.


Right here in Haywood County you can experience trout fishing at Cataloochee Creek in the Great Smokies National Park, in addition to areas in Maggie Valley, Canton and Clyde.  


Six of North Carolina's official Birding Trails can be found in Haywood County.  Whether it's the entire trail or part of the trail, you can enjoy birding at Max Patch in the Pisgah National Forest, Big Creek and Heintooga Spur Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Waterrock Knob and Southern Great Balsam on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Lake Junaluska! 


Come experience some beautiful private gardens of Haywood County residents as you join our Master Gardener Volunteer Association for their Garden Tour. (We're proud to say we were nominated, although not chosen for the 2012 tour.)  What an honor! Haywood County and Asheville alternate every other year for their tours.

Explore the beautiful gardens of the Biltmore Estate or the North Carolina Arboretum, both in Asheville.

Then come back and relax in our gardens to day dream the rest of the day away in our hammock, swing, or beautiful wraparound porch!

Arts and Crafts

Browse for that perfect gift or a special piece for yourself from over a dozen galleries and studios in downtown Waynesville .  Come meet the artists as they demonstrate their talents in their studios at events like Art After Dark, held the first Friday each month from May to December or at Haywood's Open Studios Tour  in October, where artists welcome visitors into their studios for an up close and personal view into how they work their magic!

While you're here, take time to explore Haywood County's portion of the Western North Carolina Quilt Trail beginning with our own "Little Birds" square proudly hanging on our front porch, visit the Shelton House Museum in Waynesville to see their square and take time to see the distinctive Appalachian art, handicrafts and furniture created by North Carolina artists they have displayed inside; take a day trip to the John C. Campbell Folk School; or visit the Folk Art Center in Asheville, right off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It's amazing how much there is to see!

Community Theater

HART (Haywood Arts Regional Theater) provides Main Stage Community Theater from April through November in a stunning facility constructed in the style of the traditional Summer Stock playhouses of the 1920’s, and offers smaller productions in its Feichter Studio from January through April.  


Come to Waynesville to hear sixteen World-renowned Musicians perform beautiful Chamber Music during the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival in July, or when visiting us May through November, check out Waynesville's FREE Concert Series held at the Waynesville Public Library.  

Watch Asheville Civic Center's schedule for concerts by comedians like Ralphie May, or favorites like Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson and Bonnie Raitt,  or find performers like k.d. Lang, Sheryl Crow, and Foreigner at Harrah's Cherokee Casino.  With Asheville just 30 minutes away from us, and Cherokee at the most 45 minutes away, you can have the relaxed atmosphere of a small town like Waynesville for unwinding and some R&R, but still find the entertainment you would find in a big city nearby!


With well over a dozen restaurants, coffee shops, and bistros to provide you with a wide variety of culinary options in Waynesville, Maggie Valley and Canton, you won't have any problem finding a great place to eat dinner while you're staying with us.  If you like to plan ahead and want to make a reservation before arriving, these Waynesville restaurants will take reservations and get rave reviews from our guests: Chef's Table, 828-452-6210; Frog's Leap Public House 828-456-1930; The Bourbon Barrel, (828)452-9191; Sweet Onion, 828-456-5559. 


Between Downtown Waynesville's shops and galleries and Asheville's downtown, outlet mall and Historic Biltmore Village if you like to shop, you'll be in heaven here! And don't forget, you can stay at our Waynesville bed and breakfast on the quiet side of the Smokies, and not feel stressed about taking a day to shop until you drop in Pigeon Forge , knowing you'll be returning to a place where you can truly relax!


Numerous antique and collectibles shops invite you to search for that rare treasure to add to your collection.  We won't list them all here, but we made up a list for you with their locations to make your treasure hunting easy when you get here! Whether it's the Balsam Antique Mall by our area's entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, or the granddaddy of them all - the Tobacco Barn in Asheville, you'll be sure to find a treasure!


If you’re feeling lucky or in the mood for some great entertainment, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino is 45 minutes away.  With some great restaurants, you can stop by here on the way back from hiking to try your luck and get some dinner!

Horseback Riding

Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley and Sandy Bottom Trail Rides in Marshall offer horseback riding for all levels!  Check out their websites to see how you can experience the glorious landscape of Western North Carolina on horseback!


The Blue Ridge Parkway, Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Tail of the Dragon and Cherohala Skyway offer gorgeous views, forested tunnels and rushing rivers for drivers on two or four wheels!  We feel very fortunate to have such beautiful scenery surrounding our Western North Carolina bed and breakfast, and would love to share it with you!

In addition to the beautiful drives we have in our area, Maggie Valley has a premier motorcycle museum, Wheels Through Time.  It's an amazing display of hundreds of vintage bikes, in a setting designed to take you back in time.  Owner, Dale Walksler, is an expert sought out by celebrities like the American Pickers and is on hand to share his extensive knowledge with visitors.  

Area auto, truck and motorcycle events dot the regional calendar , like Maggie Valley's Vettes in the Valley and Valley Auto & Truck Classic!

Skiing and Snow Boarding

Cataloochee Ski Area , featuring new snow making machines, has 10 slopes, 5 lifts, and 6 snow tubing lanes, and is less than a half hour away in Maggie Valley.  After enjoying the slopes, why not come back to your suite and soothe those muscles in your 2-person whirlpool tub before you enter a deep slumber on a comfy pillow top mattress made to reward you after a day of fresh mountain air and outdoor fun!

Weddings & Events

This beautiful area is becoming a popular choice for weddings and other events, with country clubs like Waynesville, Maggie Valley and Laurel Ridge , and venues like Lake Junaluska, and Lake Logan. Add to that,  the breathtaking scenery as a backdrop, it's hard to beat for that special occasion or for challenging activities like a Triathalon or Moonlight Race.  As we say in Waynesville, nothing is more than 10 minutes from anything, so  if you're attending a wedding, or visiting the area for a seminar, business trip or challenging sporting event in Haywood County, let us help make it more enjoyable for you! 

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