Waynesville is the largest mountain town west of Asheville, featuring art galleries, challenging golf courses and stunning views from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Established in the early 1800's by an American Revolutionary War soldier named Colonel Robert Love, old brick buildings in downtown Waynesville NC have been preserved as new commercial development in Waynesville Commons continues to add to the town's functionality. In the middle of town, eclectic Hazelwood Village is home to coffee shops, home decor and wellness boutiques. The Frog Level Art District runs along Richland Creek and the railroad tracks, home to more art galleries, coffee shops and antique stores.
Waynesville NC is considered one of the Best Mountain Towns in Western North Carolina and is where you will find some of the best mountain communities.
Waynesville golf courses include Laurel Ridge Country Club, Waynesville Inn Golf Course, Lake Junaluska Golf Course and the Maggie Valley Golf Course.
The entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway is less than five miles from downtown Waynesville NC, at mile post #445 off of US 19-23-74. The Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley is the only ski resort in the area. Cataloochee Valley is a popular place to view bugling elk during the fall season, early in the mornings or just before sunset. Lake Junaluska is a nationally known Methodist retreat hosting musical events and performances. This scenic lake is beautiful to walk around and take photographs.
Haywood Regional Medical Center recently built a 54,000 square foot wellness center with an indoor heated pool, exercise rooms, saunas, steam showers, racquet ball courts and indoor track. Personal trainers and wellness classes are available daily at this state of the art facility adjacent to the hospital. Haywood County College is home to the Regional High Technology Center, the first Advanced Technology Center in North Carolina. Students have access to hands on computer numerically controlled machining, 3D modeling for rapid prototyping, solar energy technologies and robotics. The further you drive away from town, the more beautiful the farm land and rolling hills can be seen. During the fall foliage season, the layered mountain views and open valleys will steal your breath away ablaze in color. Fly fishing and horseback riding are popular hobbies in Waynesville NC.
The crime index in 2010 per City-Data.com was 283.00, almost 10% below the national average. North Carolina has a low cost of living when compared to the expensive Northeast states.
There are a number of master planned communities in the area we find of particular interest. All of them have beautiful long range mountain views.
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