Water Wheel

Krista
Water Wheel

My favorite family owned grocery

This is the closest grocery store to the house. There you will find local produce, locally roasted coffee, bread, local dairy, eggs, and meat. This my favorite place to pick up amish butter and local preserves.
Presnell's Produce & More
6209 Crabtree Road
This is the closest grocery store to the house. There you will find local produce, locally roasted coffee, bread, local dairy, eggs, and meat. This my favorite place to pick up amish butter and local preserves.

Brews

My favorite brewery in Haywood County! Sit on the deck at night after a day of hiking. My fav is a soft baked pretzel and an IPA.
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Boojum Brewing Company Taproom
50 North Main Street
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My favorite brewery in Haywood County! Sit on the deck at night after a day of hiking. My fav is a soft baked pretzel and an IPA.
This a real locals hang. I love their small batch beers. The perfect place to sit outside on a lazy day and sit by the river.
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BearWaters Brewing Company
101 Park Street
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This a real locals hang. I love their small batch beers. The perfect place to sit outside on a lazy day and sit by the river.
A must visit if you are exploring downtown Waynesville. I try to stop by on Tuesday afternoon when they tap open one of the their 5 gallon tanks of experimental beers.
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Frog Level Brewing Co
56 Commerce Street
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A must visit if you are exploring downtown Waynesville. I try to stop by on Tuesday afternoon when they tap open one of the their 5 gallon tanks of experimental beers.
My favorite spot to pick up brew supplies for my own home brew. I also like to pick up a mixed pack of local beers. I love visiting the Just Arrived shelf to see what is new in WNC brewing.
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Blue Ridge Beer Hub
21 East St
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My favorite spot to pick up brew supplies for my own home brew. I also like to pick up a mixed pack of local beers. I love visiting the Just Arrived shelf to see what is new in WNC brewing.

Food scene

If you've never had country-fried steak then you must try it here! The closest restaurant to our house and also one of my favorites. A perfect day would be having a hearty breakfast here and then heading out for a long hike. Also one of the best places to get a milkshake.
Haywood 209 Cafe
3360 Crabtree Rd
If you've never had country-fried steak then you must try it here! The closest restaurant to our house and also one of my favorites. A perfect day would be having a hearty breakfast here and then heading out for a long hike. Also one of the best places to get a milkshake.
Amazing Texas BBQ! a great take out meal if you don't want to cook. I love the brisket and all of the sides are amazing.
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Haywood Smokehouse
79 Elysinia Avenue
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Amazing Texas BBQ! a great take out meal if you don't want to cook. I love the brisket and all of the sides are amazing.
A local favorite. I love the pimento cheese and chips and the Robby Rhea burger.
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Blue Rooster Southern Grill
207 Paragon Parkway
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A local favorite. I love the pimento cheese and chips and the Robby Rhea burger.
If you love biscuits and gravy then this is going to be your new favorite breakfast spot. They are very popular, so expect a wait if you go on the weekend.
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The Buttered Biscuit
1226 Dellwood Rd
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If you love biscuits and gravy then this is going to be your new favorite breakfast spot. They are very popular, so expect a wait if you go on the weekend.

my favorite hikes in WNC

Hike a section of the famous Appalachian National Scenic Trail (or A.T.) on top of Max Patch Mountain near Hot Springs. This 4,600-ft. bald mountain was cleared and used as pasture in the 1800s. Today, it's a 350-acre tract of open land on a high knob with 360-degree views. It's one of the most spectacular settings you'll experience in the Blue Ridge.
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Max Patch
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Hike a section of the famous Appalachian National Scenic Trail (or A.T.) on top of Max Patch Mountain near Hot Springs. This 4,600-ft. bald mountain was cleared and used as pasture in the 1800s. Today, it's a 350-acre tract of open land on a high knob with 360-degree views. It's one of the most spectacular settings you'll experience in the Blue Ridge.
Hemphill Bald is one of the finest viewpoints in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Situated on the park’s easternmost boundary along the formidable Cataloochee Divide, this grassy summit provides fantastic 270° views of surrounding ranges in North Carolina.
Hemphill Bald Trail
Hemphill Bald is one of the finest viewpoints in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Situated on the park’s easternmost boundary along the formidable Cataloochee Divide, this grassy summit provides fantastic 270° views of surrounding ranges in North Carolina.
A nice short loop hike. The views from the science center are just beautiful.
Ferguson Cabin Trail
A nice short loop hike. The views from the science center are just beautiful.
A fairly strenuous but rewarding hike at elevations ranging from 4,000 feet to above 5,000. Some really awesome views, not heavily trafficked and a great hike for spotting bears.
Cataloochee Divide Trail
A fairly strenuous but rewarding hike at elevations ranging from 4,000 feet to above 5,000. Some really awesome views, not heavily trafficked and a great hike for spotting bears.
Not really much of a hike but this waterfall is a real hidden gem. Little Fall Branch Falls isn't a free falling waterfall all the way down, but a steep incline of cascades that launch the water, and make it beautiful to see, hear, and photograph. It is 0.3 miles from the parking lot to the falls.
Little Fall Branch
Not really much of a hike but this waterfall is a real hidden gem. Little Fall Branch Falls isn't a free falling waterfall all the way down, but a steep incline of cascades that launch the water, and make it beautiful to see, hear, and photograph. It is 0.3 miles from the parking lot to the falls.

Sightseeing

One of our favorite places to hang out. I would recommend getting there via the scenic route. The route officially starts at Ferguson's Gas station and supply in Fines Creek NC -- HWY 209 Northbound. About 12 miles in, you hit a long straight away, here you will find a large rock building next to the fire Department. This is the Rattlers Den, the halfway point. The road then coils back up in the Pisgah Forrest as you make your way to the beautiful town of Hot Springs. If you map it on google maps from the cabin you will find it!
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Hot Springs
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One of our favorite places to hang out. I would recommend getting there via the scenic route. The route officially starts at Ferguson's Gas station and supply in Fines Creek NC -- HWY 209 Northbound. About 12 miles in, you hit a long straight away, here you will find a large rock building next to the fire Department. This is the Rattlers Den, the halfway point. The road then coils back up in the Pisgah Forrest as you make your way to the beautiful town of Hot Springs. If you map it on google maps from the cabin you will find it!
While the best times to view elk are usually early morning and late evening, elk may also be active on cloudy summer days and before or after storms.
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Cataloochee Valley - Elk Watching
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While the best times to view elk are usually early morning and late evening, elk may also be active on cloudy summer days and before or after storms.
Have you ever seen a double waterfall!? Not much of a hike but if you are near Maggie Valley or Cherokee it is definitely worth a stop.
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Soco Falls
U.S. 19
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Have you ever seen a double waterfall!? Not much of a hike but if you are near Maggie Valley or Cherokee it is definitely worth a stop.
You will pass Panthercreek Outfitters and the horses on your way to our cabin. I haven't done this yet but I love seeing the horses just below our cabin. I would highly recommend this to anyone that likes to ride horses or just wants to try something new. The views from the rides are amazing and some of the guides share local stories and history.
Panthercreek Outfitters
63 Broken Wheel Road
You will pass Panthercreek Outfitters and the horses on your way to our cabin. I haven't done this yet but I love seeing the horses just below our cabin. I would highly recommend this to anyone that likes to ride horses or just wants to try something new. The views from the rides are amazing and some of the guides share local stories and history.
I love this place! So many reasons to visit...the liar's bench out front to sit and chat with locals and visitors, the cafe makes the best breakfast with country ham and the fried chicken is amazing and you can even fish in their trout pond.
Ferguson Supply
11571 Betsy's Gap Rd
I love this place! So many reasons to visit...the liar's bench out front to sit and chat with locals and visitors, the cafe makes the best breakfast with country ham and the fried chicken is amazing and you can even fish in their trout pond.
If you happen to visit in May, you should go by to see the peonies when they are blooming. 10 minutes from our house.
Wildcat Ridge Farm
3553 Panther Creek Road
If you happen to visit in May, you should go by to see the peonies when they are blooming. 10 minutes from our house.
My favorite local rafting company. They have a couple different trips depending on season and weather but all are incredible.
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Smoky Mountain Outdoors (SMO) Rafting
453 Brookside Village Way
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My favorite local rafting company. They have a couple different trips depending on season and weather but all are incredible.
My favorite local place to zip line. Very scary but so fun. The staff here are amazing too. They also have some nice rafting trips.
Wildwater Pigeon Rafting and Zipline Canopy Tours
3555 Hartford Road
My favorite local place to zip line. Very scary but so fun. The staff here are amazing too. They also have some nice rafting trips.

Grocery stores

If you are coming from the East and didn't get your groceries in Asheville this would be the place to stop and get food, beer and supplies. The cows in our neighborhood supply the milk to this store.
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Ingles Markets
630 Champion Drive
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If you are coming from the East and didn't get your groceries in Asheville this would be the place to stop and get food, beer and supplies. The cows in our neighborhood supply the milk to this store.
If I need to go out for groceries and don't want to head into Asheville this is one of my go to markets.
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Publix Super Market at Waynesville Pavilion
124 Frazier St
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If I need to go out for groceries and don't want to head into Asheville this is one of my go to markets.

Animal Experience

Visit the ranch at Buffalo Creek. You pass this farm on the way to our home. It is about 15 minutes away. They have mini donkeys, bison, mini horse rides for little ones and an opportunity to feed the goats. Make sure you call ahead to book. https://www.buffalocreekvacationsnc.com/day-visit/
Buffalo Creek Vacations
226 Bison Run Road
Visit the ranch at Buffalo Creek. You pass this farm on the way to our home. It is about 15 minutes away. They have mini donkeys, bison, mini horse rides for little ones and an opportunity to feed the goats. Make sure you call ahead to book. https://www.buffalocreekvacationsnc.com/day-visit/
If you have even wanted to adopt a mini alpaca, here is your chance to hang out with some. They also have other mini animals like mini cows and mini donkeys! So adorable!
Winchester Creek Farm
386 Walker Road
If you have even wanted to adopt a mini alpaca, here is your chance to hang out with some. They also have other mini animals like mini cows and mini donkeys! So adorable!
Another farm close to our home. Julie has so many animals -- Alpacas (Suri and Hucaya), Angora Goats, Angora Rabbits, Shetland Sheep, Scottish Highland Cattle, llamas, honey bees, chickens and turkeys. Julie will also show interested learners how to spin animal fiber into yarn! How cool
Jehovah Raah Farm
170 Joe Mooney Road
Another farm close to our home. Julie has so many animals -- Alpacas (Suri and Hucaya), Angora Goats, Angora Rabbits, Shetland Sheep, Scottish Highland Cattle, llamas, honey bees, chickens and turkeys. Julie will also show interested learners how to spin animal fiber into yarn! How cool