Maggie Valley is located adjacent to the United States most visited National Park, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. So if you're looking for an outdoor adventure, look no further than the Southern Appalachian wilderness. There are over 100 species of trees native to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and many more flowering plant species. Kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting, skiing, fishing, bicycling, rock climbing, zip lining, horseback riding, camping, and of course hiking are just a few of the pleasures to be enjoyed in and around Maggie Valley. Kayak, canoe, or raft over hundreds of miles of rivers, some geared toward the more adventurous and others toward the more relaxing. Water ski in pristine mountain lakes or snow ski mountain valleys depending on the time of year.
Bicycle easy trails or go extreme mountain biking. Find a foot or hand hold in rocks that have been weathered down for ages and yet still have secrets to reveal and spectacular views to display. Zip line thru the forest canopy and see the wonders of the tree tops. Go horseback riding far along quiet forest trails. Camp and roast marshmellows or whatever fish you may have caught that day. Climb or drive to elevations of greater than 6000 feet and enjoy breathtaking views. And while you're doing all of the above, if you keep a sharp eye out you may see some of the amazing wildlife to be found both within and outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including bear, elk, deer, foxes, otters, hawks or bald eagles, fish, beetles, butterflies, and maybe a skunk or two.
Maggie Valley offers many activities for those who like to stay in town and indoors. Festivals abound depending on the time of year, including the Trout Festival, BBQ Festival, and Folkmoot Festival just to name a few. Play a few rounds of putt putt golf with the kids, or hit the green and play a few holes with friends. Shop at many area craft and retail stores for Appalachian collectables or the latest gear. Take a short trip and visit the Cherokee Indian Reservation and buy handmade baskets dyed and woven with care, or travel to the scenic Biltmore Estate and enjoy their winery and grounds. For those of you who love to collect mementoes on your travels, the Appalachian mountains offer many handmade crafts, collectables, and treats. Baskets, quilts, paintings, arrowheads, carvings, dolls, taffy, and many more delights await your pursual.