Winter in Haywood County

Outdoor  Winter Activities

When the weather is cold and the mountains are snow-covered there is plenty to do outside. 

Haywood County, North Carolina offers visitors outdoor adventures such as skiing, snow boarding, tubing and hiking, or the opportunity to relax and enjoy the season from the warmth of a mountain-top cabin or lodge.

Wintertime in the mountains offers visitors unique opportunities that can’t be duplicated.  Whether they want to relax in a cabin overlooking the snowcapped Smokies or get in some skiing, there is something for everyone, and it’s all within a short drive from home.

Cataloochee Ski Area

For 50 years Cataloochee Ski Area has been providing great skiing with 16 slopes.    Plan your winter vacation with us and experience challenging terrain,  beautiful mountain views and more.

Tube World

 If you enjoy sledding but crave the speed of skiing, snow tubing is something that might be for you.  Tubing is an activity that everyone from children to senior citizens can enjoy together.  Tube World offers five different runs, serviced by a moving carpet lift to the top.  Riders must be 42 inches high, but for those that don’t make the cut, Tube World recently added a Wee Bowl Snowplay Area.  For more information, visit Tube World in Maggie Valley.



Although the temperature may be dropping, hikes in the mountains are still a popular outdoor activity. With more than 800 miles of maintained trails covering over 520,000 acres, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park offers a variety of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.  Also surrounding Haywood County is the Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest and the Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina’s largest national forest.

There are a variety of trails between two to six miles that include steep upgrades and strenuous hikes, to very easy, moderate hiking.  There are plenty of opportunities for people to get out and enjoy the outdoors—even in cold weather.  From short walks to longer hikes or even a scenic drive, the mountains are spectacular this time of year.  Many hikers enjoy breathing the cool, fresh mountain air and taking in the views of the snowcapped mountains.  The scenery is much different during the winter months than one would experience in the summertime—it’s a nice change of pace for people.
 For more information about hiking in Haywood County visit The National Park Service or the Haywood County Chamber.