Waynesville, North Carolina is 35 minutes west of Asheville and sits in a beautiful valley just south of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tree-lined downtown avenues squared off with historic brick and stone buildings surrounded by lush green mountains make Waynesville as picturesque as can be. The area’s topography and the location of the railroad running through town dictated that the city center be built on two levels—Main Street and Frog Level. Courtyards and semi-hidden indoor staircases connect the two, creating the sense that one is exploring new nooks and crannies with each meander through town.
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Homes in Waynesville
Is this market ever hot! There are literally hundreds of homes for sale in Waynesville at the time of writing: a bounty of post-and-beam style cabins, for example, many with windows upon windows looking over breathtaking mountain views. Shoppers will also find well-maintained classics, artful architectural masterpieces, and even some new constructions. Nearly all of the latter come in under $300,000. Additionally, a remarkable assortment of condos and townhomes are available from just over $100,000 up to about $500,000.
Schools in Waynesville include Junaluska Elementary, Jonathan Valley Elementary, and Bethel Middle, which have each received a Great Schools rating of 8. Haywood County, like its surrounding counties, offers an Early College High School, plus an Alternative Learning Center for students in danger of not graduating. Haywood Community College in neighboring Clyde offers certificate, transfer, and continuing-ed courses, including an Associate degree in engineering, and highly regarded professional crafts programs that also incorporate business training.
Waynesville might be a little bit remote if we think of it in terms of its proximity to bigger towns, but make no mistake—it is its own town, and it has the restaurants to prove it! If you love to eat good food, you’re sure to find some favorites here. Just within the few blocks that make up downtown, residents will rejoice to find a dozen or so restaurants to choose from, nearly all with great reviews. For starters, try Frog’s Leap Public House, Sweet Onion, Boojum Brewing Taproom, Bocelli’s, Angelo’s, Chef’s Table, and Church Street Depot.
For recreation, consider hiking to a nearby waterfall, hunting, fishing, cycling, camping, or elk-watching (!) in the nearby Cataloochee Valley. Cruise the Blue Ridge Parkway, buy or pick fruit at a nearby farm, or go antique shopping. Annual events like the Apple Harvest Festival, Church Street Art & Craft Festival, and A Night before Christmas offer opportunities to get to know fellow Waynesvillians; and the Friday night Mountain Street Dances in the summer are a hoot—learn to square dance, or just watch!