The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Waynesville

(Including Balsam & Lake Junaluska)

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Waynesville NC

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Waynesville, North Carolina

Incorporated in 1871, Waynesville NC is Haywood County's oldest city, and the fifth largest city in Western North Carolina after Asheville, Hickory, Morganton and Hendersonville. It was founded in 1810 by Colonel Robert Love, who donated land for the courthouse, jail and public square, and who named the town after his former commander in the Revolutionary War, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne. Rich in history dating back almost 200 years and known for its southern hospitality and magnificent views of the surrounding mountains, Waynesville is a tourist destination in its own right like Asheville and has a wealth of unique shops, arts and crafts galleries, restaurants and accommodations.
     The Waynesville area began to see major development after the arrival of the railroad in the late 1800s, with agriculture, lumber and tourism becoming the major industries. The last passenger train to Waynesville was in 1949, but the railroad line is still active and today Norfolk Southern Railway freight trains still pass though the city on their way to Sylva in the west.
     Waynesville has a number of distinct neighborhoods: Downtown, Frog Level, Hazelwood, Laurel
Ridge, West Waynesville and Russ Avenue. The downtown area, once the primary retail business center of the town, is now home to  town government and administration buildings, cafes, restaurants, shops, art galleries and professional offices. It is known for its lofty shade trees, brick sidewalks, benches, water fountains, and outdoor sculptures. Visitors to Waynesville should place a visit to downtown on their A list. Frog Level is an historic railroad district that was so named because of frequent flooding of nearby Richland Creek and as the early home of Waynesville's railroad depots. Today, Frog Level has experienced some of the same type of revitalization as the downtown Main Street area.  

     Hazelwood was primarily a working class town before annexation by Waynesville, and is similar to West Waynesville, which is the industrial part of city, and dominated by the Waynesville Commons shopping center which is anchored by a Wal-Mart Super Store. Russ Avenue is a newer business district of Waynesville and features restaurants, retail stores, auto dealerships, banks and grocery stores.    
     Waynesville has two outstanding recreational facilities: the Waynesville Recreation Center located at 550 Vance Street,   and the Old Armory Recreation Center  at 44 Boundary Street. These facilities serve the entire region and together offer an eight-lane pool, water playground, gymnasium, weight room and indoor and outdoor tracks. The Parks and Recreation Department also maintains an 18-hole disc golf course, five neighborhood parks, two dog parks, tennis courts, softball fields, a soccer field and a Greenway near Richland Creek.
      Located in the heart of the Appalachian mountains, Waynesville is also host every year to the world famous FOLKMOOT USA, North Carolina's official international music and dance festival, as well as the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts, and the
Red Barn Mountain Museum. Nearby outdoor mountain attractions include the Cataloochee Ski Area, the Blue Ridge Parkway and three great forests and parks: the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Nantahala National Forest and the Pisgah National Forest. Close by also is the famous Cherokee Indian Reservation as well as the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Lake Junaluska is notable as the site of the headquarters of the World Methodist Council, a consultative body linking almost all churches in the Methodist tradition.

 

Resources
City Website: Waynesville
: Municipal Building, 16 South Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-2491
Facebook: Haywood County Nostalgia, Waynesville Police Department
Location:
Central Mountains, 45 minutes west of Asheville
County: Haywood
City Offices, 215 North Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-6625

Elevation & Population:
3,600 feet, 10,000+
County Visitor/Welcome Center: Haywood County Tourism Development Authority Visitor Center, 20525 Great Smoky Mountain Expressway, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-0152
County Chamber of Commerce: Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, 591 North Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-3021
Newspaper: The Mountaineer, 220 North Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-0661
Movie Theatres: Smoky Mountain Cinemas, 235 Waynesville Plaza, Russ Avenue, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-9091
High School: Tuscola High School, 564 Tuscola School Road, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-2408
Colleges and Universities:
(Nearest) Haywood Community College, 185 Freelander Drive, Clyde NC 28721; 828-627-2821
Hospitals: 
(Nearest) Haywood Regional Medical Center,  262 Leroy George Drive, Clyde NC 28721; 800-834-1729
Area Major Festivals: FOLKMOOT USA (July-August), Smoky Mountain Folk Festival (September), Church Street Art & Craft Show (October)
Area Natural Attractions:Blue Ridge ParkwayGreat Smoky Mountains National Park, Nantahala National Forest, Pisgah National Forest
Area Cultural Attractions:
Cataloochee Ski Area, Cherokee Indian Reservation,  Ghost Town In The Sky, HART-Haywood Arts Regional Theatre Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts, Red Barn Mountain Museum, Wheels Thru Time Museum World Methodist Museum, SEJ Heritage Center at Lake Junaluska


Real Estate
Beverly-Hanks & Associates Waynesville: 124 Branner Avenue, Waynesville NC 28786; 800-849-8024
Evergreen Realty: 1436 Dellwood Road, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-926-3040

Haywood Properties: 55 Academy Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-7244
Holcott-Donley-Dickinson -THE REALTEAM RE/MAX Mountain Realty: 1904 South Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-3727
Keller Williams Realty: 2562 Dellwood Road, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-550-3767
Lakeshore Realty: 177 Weldon Way, Lake Junaluska NC 28745; 800-270-7154
Main Street Realty: 101 South Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-2227
McGovern Property Management & Real Estate: 284B Haywood Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-1519
Mieko Thompson, RE/MAX Mountain Realty: 2177 Russ Avenue, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-9393
Mountain Home Properties: 76 Boyd Avenue, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-7778
RE/MAX Mountain Realty: 2177 Russ Avenue, Waynesville NC 28786; 866-795-9393
Ron Breese Real Estate-RE/MAX Mountain Realty: 2177 Russ Avenue, Waynesville NC 28786; 866-452-9393
Sandra Grogan, Main Street Realty: 101 South Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-2227
Sunburst Realty: 147 Walnut Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-7376

Fine Dining in Western North Carolina
Dining
(See also Maggie Valley)
Fine Dining
Chef's Table: (American) 30 Church Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-6210
Cork & Cleaver: (American) Waynesville Inn, 176 Country Club Road, Waynesville NC 28786; 800-627-6250
The Old Stone Inn Mountain Lodge Restaurant: (American) The Old Stone Inn Mountain Lodge, 109 Dolan Road, Waynesville NC 28786; 800-432-8499


Casual & Family Dining
Bogart's Restaurant: (American) 303 South Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-1313
Clyde’s Restaurant: (Country) 2107 South Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-9135
Captain's Bay Seafood, Steaks & Pasta: (American) 562 Russ Avenue, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-6761
Connie's Kitchen: (Country) 454 Hazelwood Avenue, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-454-5316
Duvall's Restaurant: (American) 783 North Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-9464
Granny's Chicken Palace: (American) 1168 Dellwood Road, Lake Junaluska NC 28745; 828-452-9111
Sagebrush Steakhouse: (American) 895 Russ Avenue, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-5822

The Sweet Onion Restaurant: (American) 39 Miller Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-5559
Underwood Family Restaurant: (American) 1226 Dellwood Road, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-4132
Waynesville's Water'N Hole: (American) 808 North Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-4750

Zaxby's: (American) 424 Russ Avenue, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-2888

Overseas & Exotic
Big Mountain BBQ: (BBQ) 79 Elysinia Avenue, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-454-0720
Bocelli's Italian Eatery: (Italian) 319 North Haywood Street, Waynesville NC 28786, 828-456-4900
Fat Buddies BBQ: (BBQ) 193 Waynesville Plaza, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-6368
Guayabitos: (Mexican) 255 Barber Boulevard, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-3224
Los Amigos Mexican Cuisine: (Mexican) 366 Russ Avenue, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-7870
Los Tamales Mexican Restaurant: (Mexican) 116 Waynesville Plaza, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-4234
Maggie's Galley Oyster Bar: (Seafood) 49 Howell Mill Road, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-8945
Maria's Mexican Pueblo: (Mexican) 67 Branner Avenue, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-6413
New Happy Garden Grand Buffet: (Chinese) 133 Waynesville Plaza, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-6988
Pasquale's Italian Restaurant: (Italian) 1863 South Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-454-5002
Peking Chinese Restaurant: (Chinese) 287 Barber Boulevard, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-4018

Cafes & Grills
Ammons Drive-In & Dairy Bar: (Grill) 1451 Dellwood Road, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-926-0734
Beaver's Drive-In: (Grill) 1605 South Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-454-0013
Cafe 50: (Cafe) 50 North Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-246-9130
Haywood Cafe: (Cafe) 3360 Crabtree Road, Waynesville NC 28785; 828-627-9479

Jail House Dawg: (Hot Dogs) 154 Hemlock Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-246-0220
Jim's Drive-In: (Grill) 1794 South Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-9805

Nico's Cafe: (Cafe) 1778 Dellwood Road, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-926-6289
Panacea Coffeehouse, Cafe & Roastery: (Cafe) 66 Commerce Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-6200
Smoky Mountain Cafe: (Cafe) 180 North Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-3137
Tap Room Sports Bar & Grill: (Grill) The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa, 176 Country Club Road, Waynesville NC 28786; 800-627-6250
The Patio Bistro & Coffee Shop: (Bistro) 26 Church Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-454-0070
Wine Cafe: (Cafe-Tapas) 20 Church Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-6000

Pizza
Angelo's Family Pizza
: (Pizza) 166 Walnut Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-1886
Nick & Nate's Pizzeria: (Pizza) 111 North Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-0027

Coffeehouses
Blue Ridge Books: (Coffeehouse) 152 South Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-6000
Panacea Coffeehouse, Cafe & Roastery: (Coffeehouse) 66 Commerce Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-6200
Smoky Mountain Coffee Roasters & Cafe: (Coffeehouse) 444 Hazelwood Avenue, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-1212
The Coffee Zone: (Coffeehouse) 76 Waynesville Plaza, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-3227
The Patio Bistro & Coffee Shop: (Coffeehouse) 26 Church Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-454-0070


Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC
Accommodations
(See also Maggie Valley)
Resorts
Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center: (Christian Retreat Center) 759 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska NC 28745; 828-452-2881
The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa: (Resort) Waynesville's premier golf resort and spa. The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa is surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains on one side and the Blue Ridge Parkway and Balsam Mountains on the other. 176 Country Club Road, Waynesville NC 28786; 800-627-6250

Hotels, Inns & Lodges
Balsam Mountain Inn: (Country Inn) 68 Seven Springs Drive, Balsam NC 28707; 800-224-9498

Lagoalinda Inn: (Country Inn) 333 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska NC 28745; 828-456-3620
Lambuth Inn: (Country Inn) Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center, 55 Lambuth Drive, Lake Junaluska NC 28745; 800-222-4930

Oak Park Inn: (Village Inn) 193 South Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-5328
Pisgah Inn: (Country Inn)  Milepost 408, Blue Ridge Parkway at Mount Pisgah, Waynesville NC 28716; 828-235-8228
Terrace Hotel: (Hotel)
Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center, 689 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska NC 28745; 800-222-4930
The Old Stone Inn Mountain Lodge: (Country Lodge) 109 Dolan Road, Waynesville NC 28786; 800-432-8499
The Swag Country Inn: (Country Inn) 2300 Swag Road, Waynesville NC 28785; 800-789-7672


Bed & Breakfasts
Andon-Reid Inn Bed & Breakfast: (B&B) 92 Daisy Avenue, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-3089, 800-293-6190
Bed and Breakfast at Prospect Hill: (B&B) 274 South Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 800-219-6147
Brookside Mountain Mist Inn: (B&B) 142 Country Club Drive, Waynesville NC 28786; 877-452-6880

Can't Find It Inn: (B&B) 879 Mountain Side Drive, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-734-1088
Herron House Bed & Breakfast: (B&B) 94 East Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 800-284-1932
Inn at Iris Meadows
: (B&B) 304 Love Lane, Waynesville NC 28786; 888-466-4747
Oak Hill on Love Lane Bed & Breakfast: (B&B) 224 Love Lane, Waynesville NC 28786; 888-608-7037
Providence Lodge & Gallery: (B&B) 49 Atkins Loop, Lake Junaluska NC 28745; 888-631-3400
The Windover Inn Bed & Breakfast: (B&B) 117 Old Hickory Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 866-452-4411
The Yellow House on Plott Creek Road: (B&B) 89 Oakview Drive, Waynesville NC 28786; 800-563-1236


Motels
Best Western Smoky Mountain Inn: (Motel) 130 Shiloh Trail, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-4402
Days Inn: (Motel) 232 Phillips Road, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-9009
Hearth & Home Inn: (Motel) 3376 Dellwood Road, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-926-1845
Midway Motel: (Motel) 3708 Crabtree Road, Waynesville NC 28785; 828-627-9092
Parkway Inn: (Motel) 2093 Dellwood Road, Waynesville NC 28786;  800-537-6394
Super 8: (Motel) 79 Liner Cove Road, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-454-9667


Cabins, Cottages & Chalets
Apple Dumplin' Getaway: (Cottages) 74 Locket Lane, Tuckasegee NC 28793; 828-293-7030
Boyd Mountain Logs Cabins & Tree Farm: (Cabins) 445 Boyd Farm Road, Waynesville NC 28785; 828-926-1575
Deer Country Vacation Cabins: (Cabins) 124 Borges Lane, Waynesville NC 28785; 828-400--7597
Diamond J Farm: (Cabin & Farm House) Halfback Trail, Waynesville NC 28786; 866-456-3393
Moose Crossing Log Cabins: (Cabins) 2771 Old Balsam Road, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-2550
Pride RV Resort & Cabins: (Cabins) 4394 Johathan Creek Road, Waynesville NC 28785; 800-926-8191
Rivermont Cabins: (Cabins)
126 Deer Run Dr., Waynesville, NC 28786;  866-648-6373

Campgrounds

Camp Adventure at Lake Junaluska: (RV Campground, campground) Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center, Camp Adventure Drive, Lake Junaluska NC 28745; 800-222-4930
Creekwood Farm RV Park: (RV Campground) 4896 Jonathan Creek Road, Waynesville NC 28785; 800-862-8110
Moonshine Creek Campground: (Campground) 27 Moonshine Creek Trail, Balsam NC 28707; 828-586-6666
Pride RV Resort & Cabins: (RV Campground) 4394 Johathan Creek Road, Waynesville NC 28785; 800-926-8191

Somer's Dream RV Park: (RV Campground) 887 Jonathan Creek Road, Waynesville NC 28785; 888-800-4020
Winngray Campground: (Campground) 26 Winngray Lane, Waynesville NC 28785; 828-926-3170

Rental Agencies
Great Smoky Rentals: (Rentals) PO Box 810, Waynesville NC 28786; 866-811-1166
Lake Junaluska Cottage Rentals: (Rentals) SEJ Business Office, Lake Junaluska NC 28745; 800-222-4930

Mainstreet Realty: (Rentals) 101 South Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 800-467-7144
McGovern Property Management & Real Estate: (Rentals) 284B Haywood Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-1519

Sunburst Realty: (Rentals) 147 Walnut Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-7376
 

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