It does not matter when you and your family travel to Maggie Valley, there is always plenty to do. In the middle of summer, you can look out for white-tailed deer in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or travel along the Blue Ridge Parkway, stopping off along the way to admire the view or take a short hike. When winter arrives, so does the snow, and skiing is often on the menu.
Spend time with black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
This park is one of the best places to see black bears in their natural environment. They are protected here, and thriving. Remember to admire these amazing animals from a distance; watch them but do not disturb them. Elk and deer also live in the park, which is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the country. A hike through the park is a must if you are visiting Maggie Valley.
Stop off along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Soca Falls
Soca Falls is one of many waterfalls for which this area is known. It’s an awe inspiring double falls which is best viewed from the viewing platform which has been built. Some people try to navigate the path to the bottom of the falls, but this is not a good idea. The path is not an official one and the journey down can be dangerous.
Tour the Cataloochee Valley
If you like the idea of spending some time in a tranquil natural haven, a tour of the Cataloochee Valley is a must. Grouse, elk and deer run wild around you as you wander through the stunning surroundings. At the end of the tour, you will be sad to leave the Valley behind and return to your busy life.
Experience the Cataloochee Ski Area
During the winter, the Cataloochee ski area comes to life. It’s a relatively small ski area which is a good place for families to visit. Boarders and tubers will also enjoy a trip to Cataloochee and non winter sports enthusiasts can curl up by the fire with a warm drink, and enjoy watching the snow outside.
Photo of Cataloochee by cwwyco under the Creative Commons License
Visit Blackrock Mountain
When you think of history, you may think of The American War of Independence or the abolition of the slave trade. These times seem just like yesterday when you consider that many of the rocks at Blackrock Mountain are more than 545 million years old. That is a long time before the human race first set foot on the planet. When you visit the mountain, do not forget to explore one of the hiking trails. There are several available so do not forget to choose one that suits your ability and fitness levels.
Whether you enjoy hiking, skiing or simply relaxing amongst the wildlife, there is something for everyone to enjoy, in Maggie Valley.