The Town of Maggie Valley, the HCTDA and the Maggie Chamber are hosting a Skating Rink from February 8 – 17 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.

Come join the fun and test your skating skills! The event will run from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Monday – Friday; Noon – 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Each 45 minute-session will be on the  hour. $5.00 (Children 12 and under); $8.00 for all else.

KIDS SKATE FREE NIGHT (12 and under) – Monday, February 11
FAMILY NIGHT – Family Skates for $20 – Wednesday, February 13

A kids zone, refreshments will also be available. A fun time for the entire family!

For more information contact the Chamber at 828.926.1686.

We are still looking for volunteers. Ticket booth, skate rental booth, supervising kids zone and skating rink, etc. If you would like to help, please contact Teresa at the Chamber to sign up.

I-40 West N.C. Welcome Center closing for major construction project, relocating to Haywood County Visitor Center

The I-40 West N.C. Welcome Center will close starting Monday, Dec. 3. N.C. Dept. of Transportation plans a major construction project for the site, which includes both the building and grounds; projected reopening is July 31. The staff at the I-40 West will relocate to the Haywood County Visitors Center in Maggie Valley in the meantime, to continue servicing visitors to the state. The Welcome Center’s normal hours – 8 am-5 pm, daily – remain the same; as with all Welcome Centers, it will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

NC DOT plans to upgrade several aspects of the Welcome Center building, as necessary, such as roofing, replacing windows, doors and other interior improvements, to maintain a safe and inviting environment for everyone. It will be enhancing the landscape, adding attractive décor such as waterfalls at the entrance of the buildings. Additionally, it will improve the parking options by working on easier accessibility to the Welcome Center and enhancing the sidewalks. NCDOT will also conduct major work inside the Rest Area building, including new restrooms.

Stop in and say hello. They are eager to meet Haywood County businesses.

Valentine’s Day Special from McKenzie Botanicals



This year’s Plunge to support our Kids in the Creek and environmental educations programs is back at Lake Junaluska. Care to join us?

Super Bowl Saturday, February 2
11:30 to 1:30ish, registration opens at 10 am


  1. For complete information,
  2. To register by “Joining the Team” (walk-ins still always welcome)
  3. To make a general donation, or
  4. To donate to one of the brave Plungers.

Kids in the Creek continues to be our most popular and effective education event. It was our 21th year in 2018 and in that time we estimate we’ve reached nearly 14,000 8th-grade students.

Kids in the Creek exposes students to water quality through four stations – water chemistry, the EnviroScape stormwater model, benthic macroinvertebrates, and fish. The program’s incredible power is demonstrated every year when these “cool” 8th graders revert back a few years and discover how amazing a tangerine darter is, and when you see the light bulb turn on when they make the connection between clean water and their lives. They also have a lot of fun!

A few years ago we started giving before and after environmental literacy surveys. This year’s survey found:

  • More students knew that sediment is our #1 water quality pollutant after than before (8% before, 62% after )
  • 89% said it helped them better understand what they learned in class about aquatic ecosystems.
  • 89% changed their minds about taking care of or valuing natural resources like water.
  • 86% said it inspired them to change their behaviors towards waterways.

The teachers also find it to be an effective teaching tool:

  • “Kids in the Creek does more to increase students understanding of water and water quality than anything I could do in the classroom. It has been a valuable learning tool for many years and something the students and I look forward to every year.”
  • “Kids in the Creek …..has a definitive impact on End of Grade Testing.”
  • “Kids in the Creek provides a one of a kind opportunity to let the kids connect with real science in a way few of them would ever get without it. Kids in the Creek is an absolutely vital program for us.”

Thank you for considering our request. We sincerely appreciate your support of environmental education and clean water!

For the Last 3 years, Scott at the Cabbage Rose has helped raise thousands of Dollars for the Haywood County Waterways. Haywood Waterways and the Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center are hosting the “7th Annual Plunge Benefit-t-t-ting Kids in the Creek & Environmental Education” on “Super Bowl” Saturday, February 2, 2019. The Plunge will be at the Lake Junaluska Aquatics Center beach (77 Memory Lane, Lake Junaluska); registration begins at 10:00 am and festivities start at 11:30. There will be great prizes for the top 3 Individual Fundraisers, School Team Fundraisers, Community Team Fundraisers, and Best Costumes. All Plungers will receive a FREE t-shirt to commemorate their courage! All Plungers and spectators get a FREE lunch and a chance to win one of many great door prizes.

We are seeking as many valiant souls as possible to brave the frigid waters of Lake Junaluska and help raise money for our premier education event, one that teachers call “extremely valuable for teaching about water quality” and students call “cool”. We’ll save you the long details but we do have data that demonstrate Kids in the Creek is a very effective tool for increasing knowledge about water and bringing out environmentally-responsible behaviors in the kids.

Come join us so you can say you plunged in Lake Junaluska in the middle of winter. The depth of plunge is a personal choice – from a dip of the toe to a full immersion jump off the dock.

All ages welcome, though kids will need their parent’s to sign the liability form. Shirt and shoes are mandatory, costumes are encouraged.

The cost is $25 or FREE by raising sponsorships ($10 for under age 18). Register by Joining the Team, then “Donate” your $25/$10, or even better, send the link to all of your family, friends, and coworkers so they can pay for you ($1, $5, $25, everything counts) and have a chance for one of the top fundraiser prizes. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

You can also register by mail – Sponsorship, Registration, and Information Packet.

Need more info? Contact Haywood Waterways at 828-476-4667 or We are seeking Event Sponsors – want to see your business featured? Everything you need to know is in the Sponsorship Packet.

Bonfires will be raging to help folks warm up as well as indoor changing and eating facilities. Since it is a winter Plunge, the event will happen rain or shine!  Let’s Show our Community Support and help Raise Some Money for this Great Cause. Also Show Your Team Spirit by wearing something in Buffalo Plaid. Please make your donation here. Any amount will help.

Outdoor Pantry Needs Supplies

Non-perishable foods: especially easy to prepare foods like cereal, mac n cheese, instant mashed potatoes, instant meals, rice and beans, noodles and sauce, also canned meat such as chicken/fish/vienna sausages, plastic fruit cups or canned fruits, and canned vegetables, soups, staples such as flour/sugar/condiments, coffee

Toiletries: toilet paper, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, soaps and body wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, tampons and pads, chapstick, hand sanitizer
Medicinal: bandaids and neosporin, OTC pain relievers such as ibeuprofin/acetaminophen (Tylenol)/NSAIDs (aspirin), antihistamines (basic allergy medication), generic arthritis creams, hydrogen peroxide, q-tips

Household products: laundry detergent, dish soap, paper towels, pet food, blankets

Kids’ stuff: diapers and wipes, school supplies

Clothes: men and women’s casual, “interview worthy” clothes, kids clothes, warm jackets, hats, gloves, scarves, socks

Also, even people in financial destitution like to treat themselves and their children, so things like birthday cake and frosting and candles, toys, holiday decorations, hot chocolate, tea, lemonade, sodas, sweets, chips, crackers, perfumes and colognes, makeup

We are extremely grateful for the community’s continued support. 🙂

Thanks, friends!
Cody & Kitty Currin
Our Place Inn

Maggie Valley Restaurant
will be open this winter.

Call for Winter Hours

2019 Visitor Guide

Expecting arrival in January! Stay tuned.


1st Tuesday of Each Month
8:30 a.m.
Maggie Valley Pavilion
February 5, 2019

Bring a dish if you can!

Maggie Valley Water

MaggieValley Water Label

The Maggie Valley Chamber bottles and distributes pure mountain water with a MAGGIE VALLEY label. This water is available to you at wholesale price to be sold in your business. Each case has (24) 16 oz bottles. The cost is $18.00 per case; we suggest you sell them at $2 each ($30 per case profit for your business). Call the Chamber office and let us know how many cases to deliver to you today! 828.926.1686.

Elevated Mountain Distilling To Host Monthly Bluegrass Jam

Join Elevated Mountain Distilling Company the last Saturday of each month (excluding July) for a stompin’ good time with their new series: Elevated Bluegrass Jam. If you play an instrument, bring it along, and jam with some of the finest bluegrass musicians around — featuring Five Time World Champion Banjo player Raymond Fairchild. Admission is $5 and includes a sampling of their fine moonshine products (over 21 years of age). For more information call  Elevated Mountain at 828.944.0766.

2019 Festival Schedules