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Waynesville is conveniently located in the western mountain region of North Carolina, near all the attractions of the Great Smoky Mountains. The town of Waynesville is the county seat of Haywood County, located between Asheville and Sylva near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Balsam is located in Jackson County between Waynesville and Dillsboro within the Nantahala National Forest. Both are easily located via U.S. Highway 23. This is a region proud of its mountain heritage, where visitors are welcomed with open arms and warm Southern hospitality. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Pisgah National Forest and the Harmon Den Wildlife Refuge occupy about 40 percent of the area surrounding Waynesville/Balsam. This translates into abundant outdoor recreational opportunities such as snow skiing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fishing, boating and golf. You are just minutes from the Biltmore House in Asheville, the ski resorts of Maggie Valley, the Cherokee Indian Reservation and Casino, gem mining and the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. There are numerous shopping options in Waynesville/Balsam, including local arts and crafts and antique shops. Lodging can be anything from a rustic mountain cottage or cabin, cozy bed & breakfast or a gorgeous mountaintop vacation home. Come enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery, outdoor fun, and graceful, friendly people of Waynesville/Balsam, North Carolina.

Surrounding areas: Lake Junaluska, North Carolina (3.0 mi), Maggie Valley, North Carolina (5.0 mi), Clyde, North Carolina (5.4 mi), Cruso, North Carolina (11.2 mi), Sylva, North Carolina (15.5 mi), Cullowhee, North Carolina (16.1 mi), Dillsboro, North Carolina (17.0 mi)

Waynesville Vacation Rentals

Waynesville Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Smoky Mountain Inn130 Shiloh TrlWaynesville, NC (828) 456-4402
Econo Lodge1202 Russ AveWaynesville, NC (828) 452-0353
Grandview Londge809 Valleyview Cir RdWaynesville, NC (828) 456-5212
Super 879 Liner Cove RdWaynesville, NC (828) 454-9667
Quality Inn70 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC3.5 mi.(828) 926-0201
Comfort Inn848 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC4.1 mi.(828) 926-9106
Best Western Mountainbrook Inn3811 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC4.2 mi.(828) 926-3962
Meadowlark Motel2878 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC4.2 mi.(828) 926-1717
Microtel Inn & Suites3777 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC4.2 mi.(888) 771-7171
Ramada LTD4048 Soco RdMaggie Valley, NC4.2 mi.(828) 926-7800
Best Western Mountainbrook Inn1021 Soco Rd Hwy 19Maggie Valley, NC6.5 mi.(828) 926-3962
Maggie Valley Holiday Motel Inc851 Seco RdMaggie Valley, NC6.5 mi.(828) 926-1186
Balsam Mountain InnBalsam MTN Inn RdBalsam, NC6.9 mi.(704) 456-9498
Comfort Inn Of CantonI-40 At Exit 31 Champion DrCanton, NC9.1 mi.(828) 648-4881
Econo Lodge Canton55 Buckeye CV RdCanton, NC9.1 mi.(828) 648-0300
Days Inn West2551 Smokey Park HwyCandler, NC13.6 mi.(828) 667-9321
Comfort InnHwy 23/74Sylva, NC15.5 mi.(828) 586-3315
University Inn563 N Country CLB DrCullowhee, NC16.1 mi.(828) 293-5442
Best Western River Escape Inn And Suites248 Wbi DrDillsboro, NC17.0 mi.(828) 586-6060
Mountain Creek Cottages162 Dicks CRK RdDillsboro, NC17.0 mi.(704) 586-6042
Baymont Inn-Cherokee/Smoky MTNS1455 Acquoni RdCherokee, NC18.0 mi.(828) 497-2102
Best Western Great Smokies Inn1636 Acquoni RdCherokee, NC18.0 mi.(828) 497-2020
Comfort Suites35 Hwy 441 NorthCherokee, NC18.4 mi.(828) 497-3500
Days Inn Smokey Mountain Inn660 Painttown RdCherokee, NC18.4 mi.(828) 497-2300
Econo LodgeUs Hwy 19Cherokee, NC18.4 mi.(828) 497-4575
Fairfield Inn & Suite - Cherokee568 Painttown RdCherokee, NC18.4 mi.(828) 497-0400
Hampton Inn185 Tsalagi RdCherokee, NC18.4 mi.(828) 497-3115
Holiday Inn CherokeeHwy 19 WCherokee, NC18.4 mi.(828) 497-9181
Holiday Inn Expres Hotel & Suites376 Paint Town RdCherokee, NC18.4 mi.(828) 497-3113
Holiday InnHwy 19 SCherokee, NC18.4 mi.(828) 497-9181
Microtel Inn & Suites674 Casino TrlCherokee, NC18.4 mi.(828) 497-7800
Quality Inn-cherokeeUS 441 N BypCherokee, NC18.4 mi.(828) 497-4702
Ramada Limited196 Painttown RdCherokee, NC18.4 mi.(828) 497-4231
Sleep InnHwy 441 Pob 1956Cherokee, NC18.4 mi.(828) 497-4730
TravelodgeAcquoni RdCherokee, NC18.4 mi.(828) 497-2226
Ramada Plaza Hotel-west435 Smokey Park HwyAsheville, NC20.1 mi.(704) 665-2161
Red Roof Inn #14616 Crowell RdAsheville, NC20.3 mi.(704) 667-9803
Comfort Inn West15 Crowell RdAsheville, NC20.4 mi.(828) 665-6500
Super8 West8 Crowell RdAsheville, NC20.4 mi.(828) 667-8706
Best Western Biltmore W275 Smokey Park HwyAsheville, NC20.6 mi.(828) 667-4501
Bed & Breakfast
Freeze House Bed And Breakfast71 Sylvan HeightsSylva, NC15.5 mi.(828) 586-8161

Waynesville Weather & Climate

The Southwestern Mountains of North Carolina ranges from 800 feet to over 6,600 feet in elevation and the topography definitely affects the local weather. Expect temperatures to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops than in the valleys below. Spring is unpredictable, particularly at the higher elevations. Snow may fall in March, but by May, things warm up with daytime highs in the 80s. Summer is warm and humid, but more pleasant at the higher elevations, with frequent afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Winter is generally moderate, but more extreme conditions can occur at the mountain peaks. Large snow amounts and severe low temperatures are rare away from the highest peaks. Ski resorts usually rely on snowmaking equipment to ensure a good base. In general, the climate is not extreme, and supports year round activities.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 47°F 21°F 4.62 in. -
February 50°F 24°F 4.54 in. -
March 58°F 30°F 5.24 in. -
April 65°F 37°F 3.84 in. -
May 73°F 46°F 4.43 in. -
June 79°F 53°F 4.03 in. -
July 82°F 57°F 3.59 in. -
August 81°F 56°F 4.11 in. -
September 76°F 50°F 3.60 in. -
October 67°F 37°F 2.92 in. -
November 58°F 29°F 3.81 in. -
December 50°F 24°F 4.04 in. -

Waynesville Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 25 miles east of Waynesville in Asheville, North Carolina, the Greenville Spartanburg International airport (GSP) located approximately 59 miles southeast of Waynesville in Greer, South Carolina, the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located roughly 60 miles northwest of Waynesville in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Donaldson Center airport (GYH) located around 61 miles southeast of Waynesville in Greenville, South Carolina, and finally the Tri Cities Regional Tn Va airport (TRI) located about 75 miles northeast of Waynesville in Bristol Johnson Kingsport, Tennessee.

Waynesville Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC6.5 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC18.4 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC18.4 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN37.9 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN37.9 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN41.5 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA108.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Lake Junaluska Golf CourseWaynesvilleNC 
Laurel Ridge Country ClubWaynesvilleNC 
Smoky Mountain Country ClubWhittierNC21.3 mi.
Connestee Falls Golf CourseBrevardNC22.5 mi.
Glen Cannon Country ClubBrevardNC22.5 mi.
Sherwood Forest Golf ClubBrevardNC22.5 mi.
Buncombe County Municipal Golf CourseAshevilleNC25.2 mi.
Mountain Brook Golf ClubAlbemarleNC26.6 mi.
Trillium Links & Lake ClubCashiersNC26.8 mi.
High Vista Country ClubArdenNC27.0 mi.
Broadmoor Golf LinksFletcherNC27.8 mi.
Reems Creek Golf CourseWeavervilleNC27.8 mi.
Brookwood Golf ClubArdenNC27.9 mi.
Ski Areas
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC6.5 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC34.0 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC37.8 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC78.0 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC78.0 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC79.5 mi.
State Parks
Caesars Head State ParkSC34.3 mi. 
Table Rock State ParkSC35.6 mi. 
Keowee Toxaway State ParkSC39.8 mi. 
Pleasant Ridge State ParkSC39.8 mi. 
South Carolina Gold MuseumPickensSC44.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Bob Jones University Museum & GalleryGreenvilleSC55.3 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC25.6 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC55.3 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN61.6 mi.

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