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Haywood County is a hidden gem of North Carolina because most tourists tend to ignore it in favor of bigger counties such as Buncombe.

The county is home to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is a tourist spot that should not be ignored at any cost. The locals are friendly and seek to make your visit as enjoyable as possible.

The area is known as “The Land of the Sky” because of the height at which the county resides in and the way it has open access to the sky. Haywood County is a paradise for nature lovers because about 40% of the county is covered by protected parkland. The two major national parks in Haywood County are the Great Smokies National Park and the Pisgah National park.

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The county offers a variety of activities including hiking, horseback riding, and elk spotting.

These activities are limited to summer whereas winter activities include skiing and snow tubing. The county is also a great place to enjoy the local festivals such as the ‘Singing in the Valley’ and the ‘Smoky Mountain Folk’ festivals. No matter what you are looking for in your vacation, you are sure to find it in Haywood County.