CATALOOCHEE SKI AREA
Our winter playground is nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains with breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks – riding the chairlift has never been more rewarding. Smooth, gentle slopes like Easy Way and Rabbit Hill, serviced by a beginner’s chairlift, gives novices the elbowroom they need to learn the basics and practice their skills. Intermediate skiers and snowboarders find plenty of action on Rock Island Run and Lower Omigosh, while seasoned experts can face the challenge of Upper Omigosh. For skiers and snowboarders looking for a thrill, our Cat Cage Terrain Park delivers with ramps, rails and boxes.
At Cataloochee, everyone in the family, skiers and snowboarders, from novice to veteran, can carve a place of their own.
Cataloochee Ski Area Web site
BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
This is one road that should be on everyones must see list. Its a windy, curvy auto trail leading from Cherokee NC all the way to Northern Virginia. Go as far as you want, then turn around and come back and views from the other direction makes it like a whole different drive.
Highlights of the trip from Maggie Valley north include:
Waterrock Knob: A great short hike from a large parking area. The mile + hike is moderate and the views west are incredible.
Highest point on the Parkway: Just over 6050 feet in elevation, its all downhill from here. Great spot for taking pictures.
Devil's Courthouse: This huge granite rock outcropping is a great short hike. Great pictures from the parking area of the rock and them climb to the top for great views south.
Graveyard Fields: A longer hike with places to dip into the cool water in the summer, waterfalls and more.
Mt. Pisgah: A favorite spot to take a break from the crazy day, The Inn offers fine dining with incredible views from its mountain top location.
WHEELS THROUGH TIME
If you ride, you have probably heard about Wheels Through Time. Its a great collection of vintage things that run, especially motorcycles. A complete collection featuring one-of-a-kind cycles and photos and stories behind the machines.
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park borders Maggie Valley to the north. One of the most visited park in the country behind only the Blue Ridge Parkway and Yellowstone, access is limited by only a few roads. The best way to see the parks wonders is to get out the hiking shoes and set up on a trail. The best know trail is the Appalachian Trail which runs all the way through the park from North to south and makes up some of the most inclined parts of the trail. Access to the "AT" can be found at its highest point at Clingmans Dome. Just remember that at its highest point in the park, the trail goes downhill in both directions, meaning that a short hikes second half will be uphill.
Mountain Heritage Farm Museum
At the southern entrance to the park is the Oconaluftee Welcome Center and just beyond is the Mountain Heritage Farm Museum consisting of multiple buildings from before the park was created, giving an accurate portrayal of what life was like back then.
NC HERITAGE TROUT WATERS
Creekwood Village Resort offers the angler access to some of the greatest trout fishing on the east coast. We have stocked ponds, and access to Jonathan Creek, A North Carolina Heritage Trout Water. If you would like more of a challenge, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is within minutes and the famed stocked creeks and rivers of Cherokee Indian Reservation are also less than 30 minutes away.
Mountain Heritage Trout Waters
The Mountain Heritage Trout Waters program is a cooperative effort between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and local governments to encourage trout fishing as a heritage tourism activity in western North Carolina cities that are designated as a “Mountain Heritage Trout Water City.” Currently, five cities are enrolled in the program. Each of these cities provides public access to a trout stream that runs through or is adjacent to the city. North Carolina residents and non-residents who want to fish in a stream that is designated as a Mountain Heritage Trout Water may purchase a 3-day license for $7. The license is valid only for waters that are designated as Mountain Heritage Trout Waters. Anglers with the appropriate fishing license and trout privilege license can fish in Mountain Heritage Trout Waters without a Mountain Heritage Trout Waters license. The Commission offers two quick and easy ways to purchase a Mountain Heritage Trout
Important note: The Mountain Heritage Trout Water license can only be purchased online or by calling 1(888) 248-6834. Wildlife Service Agents do not sell this license. Click here to download a printable map and regulations of the stream section that is designated as a Mountain Heritage Trout Water in that location. To fish for trout in waters that are not designated as “Mountain Heritage Trout Waters,” anglers age 16 and over must have a valid fishing license and a trout privilege license. Click here to purchase a regular fishing license and stamp.
Trout Fishing Tips
Fly-fishing is a great sport but it’s more than a long pole, a fake bug and a casual cast into the water. Fly-fishing takes time and practice. Knowing what lure to fish, as well as when and where to fish is as important as landing a cast in just the right spot with just the right touch. Download a printable “Tips for the Novice Fly-Fisher” card here.
Fishing license using a credit card:
• Call 1(888) 248-6834. Phone lines are open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. From May to September, phone lines are open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Sunday.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a popular side trip for Valley guests. Please check ahead if you are planning on traveling on America's favorite road. In the winter, the parkway is closed due to driving conditions so please call ahead if you plan on traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is our closest neighbor. The park is mostly inaccessible form car so plan on doing some great hiking to see the best places in the park. The main road is Highway 441 that connects the southern entrance outside Cherokee to the northern entrance in Gatlinburg. This road can also be closed when winter weather comes through.
MAGGIE VALLEY, NORTH CAROLINA
Maggie Valley is a special place where nature comes to your doorstep. With the Plott Balsam range on one side and the Cataloochee Divide on the other, Maggie Valley sports a true, balanced four season climate. The surrounding mountains reach over 5,000 feet while the valley below is at 3,200 feet.
Summers are cool with highs barely reaching 80 degrees and winters cool enough to make Cataloochee Ski Area a popular attraction in the winter. If you are going out, remember that the temps at the higher elevations can be much different than at the valley floor. As a rule, the temperature can drop 8 degrees per 1000 feet in altitude gain, so if you are going for a summer hike at Max Patch or Clingman's Dome, you might want to pack a sweatshirt. If you are planning winter hike, dress in layers. Changes in altitude and whether you are on the south slope or north slope of a trail, can dramatically effect the conditions.
Creekwood Village Resort
3340 Soco Rd.,
PO Box 640,
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
828-926-3321 • 1-877-926-3341