Whether you’re interested in the local history and culture or outdoor activities and adventures, or if you just want to experience our local shopping, dining and festivals, there are so many things to do in Waynesville, NC.

You can explore the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and several other beautiful outdoor areas through biking, hiking, golfing, rafting, skiing, fishing, horseback riding and so much more. Visit local attractions including the Biltmore Estate and the Brevard Music Center. Or simply kick back and watch the traffic at the bird feeders in our gardens.

Biltmore Estate
Biltmore House, America’s largest home, located in Asheville is just thirty minutes from The Yellow House. This magnificent 250-room château is filled with priceless art and antiques. Stroll through century-old gardens designed by America’s first landscape architect. Savor award-winning wines from the Biltmore Winery and taste the chefs’ creations at one of their seven restaurants and cafes. Enjoy the 8,000 acres of forests, farmlands, and rivers by foot, bike, horseback, or even raft.

Blue Ridge Parkway
Drive just a few miles from The Yellow House and you will find yourself slowly winding down the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. As you drive along the Parkway, once referred to as having been “painted with a comet’s tail”, you are embraced by colonial trees and exquisite landscape. The southernmost stretch of the Parkway, located close to Waynesville, boasts the highest peaks – Waterrock Knob and Richland Balsam, climbing to more than 6,000 feet in elevation – and offers many breathtaking overlooks and trails.

Brevard Music Center
Brevard Music Center provides intensive summer study for gifted high school, college, and pre-professional musicians, ages 14 and older, and offers a full range of operas and concerts with renowned guest artists.

Cherokee Indian Reservation
There is plenty to see and do on the reservation. Learn about Cherokee history at the museums, outdoor theatre, and Oconaluftee Indian Village – a 1750s Cherokee village reservation. Shop at the Qualla Arts & Crafts store, where every piece is handmade and authenticated by local artists. You can also take lessons in traditional Cherokee craft methods at Qualla. If you want to spend a day outdoors, you will find opportunities for hiking, biking, tubing, and fishing at the reservation as well; or just relax at the Islands Park.

Fall Color Reports
Leaf reports and scenic drives from nearby Asheville, NC.

The international folk dance festival, usually held in July, which is recognized as a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Graveyard Fields Trail
Hike the scenic Graveyard Fields Trail and enjoy the streams and waterfalls, accessible by the Blue Ridge Parkway and just a few miles from downtown Waynesville.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Encompassing over one-half million acres, making it the largest national park in the East, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is easily accessible from Downtown Waynesville via the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Pisgah National Forest
Nearby Pisgah National Forest offers outdoor adventures and scenic vistas to suit every taste.

Mountains-to-Sea Trail
Visit the mountain portion of this historic North Carolina trailway, accessible by the Blue Ridge Parkway and just a few miles from Downtown Waynesville.

Mountain Biking & Road Biking
Whether you enjoy a vigorous climb on a winding road, some down and dirty singletrack, or a little something mellow for those of you just getting started, there is something for everyone here. The rolling, winding Blue Ridge Parkway is the perfect place to take your road bike for a spin. Test out that new full suspension mountain bike on the Tsali Trail, ranked one of “America’s 10 Best Trails” by Bike Magazine. No matter what you like to ride, you’ll be sure to find it here so get ready to pedal!

Rock Climbing & Ice Climbing
North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest has an abundance of amazing rock climbing areas and draws climbers from beginners to experts to its rock faces year round. Within an hour drive of Waynesville, you will find routes for all levels at the Looking Glass, Cedar Rock, and Whitesides. There is also beginner-level ice climbing to try out!

Fly Fishing
Here in the Smoky Mountains, year-round fishing is available on some of the most picturesque and abundant rivers and streams. The Tuckaseegee River, located just a few miles from The Yellow House, is known to be the most trout-populated river in the state. Roger, from Lowe Fly Shop, developed his own technique for tying effective imitator patterns and became a master at catching the wild and wary mountain Rainbow, Brown, and Brook trout. Today, as a professional guide, his fly patterns are used extensively by local fishermen. Check out our Gone Fishing Package for guided fly fishing specials during your stay.

A round or two of golf has always been one of our most popular attractions, as well it should. There is excellent golf to be found within a fifteen-minute drive, featuring courses designed by Robert Cupp (Jack Nicklaus’ chief designer for many years), Donald Ross, and Horris Smith. With a great variety of terrain as well as level of difficulty in course layout, golfers of any skill level should find the challenge they seek.

The courses most frequently enjoyed by our guests are at Waynesville Country Club, consisting of three separate nine-hole courses which can be played as several different 18-hole combinations.

A three-minute drive from The Yellow House is Laurel Ridge Country Club, a Robert Cupp designed course is 6900 yards of beauty. A challenge which Golf Week magazine described as “the course by which all other mountain courses will be judged”. With 5 sets of tees, 25,000 flowers, and bent grass from tee to green, the course is a thing of beauty and a joy to both golfer and non-golfer alike.

Take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the mountains during a leisurely hike in the parks and forest that surround The Yellow House. Whether going on a long backpacking trip in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a hike in the Pisgah National Forest, or a short stroll on one of the trails just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, a hike is a great way to spend the day. You might even attempt to conquer a section of the infamous Appalachian Trail! If you are planning on being out the whole day, ask us about our picnic package. We’ll send you off with a picnic basket full of goodies for you to enjoy while sitting by a roaring waterfall or taking in the perfect sunset.

Horseback Riding
Another way to see the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina is by horseback. There are several riding stables that offer guided rides through lush forests and mile-high vistas while crossing streams along your way. Check out Sandy Bottom Trail Rides and the Cataloochee Guest Ranch.

Hot Air Ballooning
Hot air ballooning is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience floating above it all and surrounding yourself with one of the most beautiful backdrops in the world, the Pisgah National Forest. Only thirty minutes from The Yellow House, hot air ballooning is truly the premier outdoor adventure. Be sure not to miss this ride during your stay!

Skiing at Cataloochee Ski Area
Skiing & Snowboarding in the Great Smoky Mountains! Cataloochee Ski Area is located in Maggie Valley, less than thirty minutes from Waynesville. For over 40 years, Cataloochee skiers have enjoyed the best of North Carolina skiing with exciting slopes, winding trails, and a friendly, helpful atmosphere that makes the Cataloochee Ski Area a unique experience.

Whitewater Rafting on the Nantahala
The Nantahala River is one of America’s favorite whitewater playgrounds, offering class I, II, & III whitewater rafting. Skirting the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains, rafting the Nanatahala is fun for both young and old alike. Spending a day on the water and having a boat full of family and friends with smiles on their faces is pretty hard to beat. walking away with a smile on your face is pretty hard to beat.