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Maggie Valley

Maggie Valley, North Carolina

Maggie valley is also just off the end of the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. The parkway winds it way from here North all the way to Virginia and is truly one of the great touring routes in the country. Just past the end of the Parkway is the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the country. With hundreds of hiking trails including the Applachian Trail, the park is best accessed by foot.

Welocme to our hometown, Maggie Valley is unusually situated as it is one of the highest valleys east of the Mississippi River, making it climate a true four season destination. At a base of 3200 feet in elevation with the surrounding maountains reaching above 5,000 feet, the valley boosts a climate that is typical of the northern new England states. Cool summers and snow in the winter make this southern town a choice destination for vacationeers all year round.

In Maggie Valley there is plenty of things to do. Quaint shops, cozy resaurants, and activities abound. In the winter Snow is king so head on up to Cataloochee Ski Area or snow tube at Tube World. Open from November to March (depending on the weather) the two facilities make snow so there is always a good time to be had. In the summer, history is on show with museums and tours. Whitewater is also popular in the warmer days of summer, but perhaps the most famous activity requires you to get your feet wet. Maggie Valley is the trout capitol of North Carolina with numerous stocked streams to challenge your fishing skills.

Maggie Valley and Haywood County have been know for over a century as the gateway to the Smokies and with most of the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, its with good reason that the hospitality of the area continues to this day. So come by, kick up your feet and sit awhile and watch the world go by form a slighlty different altitude.

Who was Maggie?
The valley's namesake is a testament to its roots as an early settlement in the Smoky Mountains. In the late nineteenth century, this North Carolina community in the Smokies was reaching a critical population mass and the time had come for their own local post office. The man who had arranged mail pickup from a nearby community, Jack Setzer, submitted several names, including those of his three daughters, Cora, Mettie and Maggie Mae, to the U.S. Postal Service as possibilities for the new post office. The U.S. Postmaster decided on Maggie as the new post office name, and the rest is history. According to local lore, when Maggie found out the post office and town would be named after her, the young girl was so embarrassed she burst into tears. Maggie later married and moved away, but she did come back to the valley many times before her death in 1979. The mountain at the western end of town still bares the Setzer family name and looks down upon the small farmstead that once was the home of Maggie.

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