One of the 100 counties in the state of North Carolina, Haywood is located in the western part of the state, within the Appalachian Mountains.
February 15, 2017 by Rick Morris
Haywood County was created in 1808 after carving a portion of western Buncombe County. Named after John Haywood, a treasurer of North Carolina for 40 years, the county has since been divided. In 1828, Macon County was formed from the western part of Haywood County. And in 1851, Jackson County was created from a portion of each.
The population of Haywood County is about 60,000. The county seat is Waynesville. When formed, Haywood County had 2,780 people. It quickly grew to double that in just ten years. By the turn of the century there were almost 20,000 people here. In 1970, it had grown to include more than 40,000 and by 1990 almost 50,000.
There are 555 square miles of land in Haywood County today. One percent is water and includes Lakes Junaluska in Clyde and Logan in the Bethel community. The Pigeon River begins in Haywood County, above Lake Logan. There are no rivers or streams which flow water into the county.
Haywood County is situated with the Blue Ridge Mountains and features portions of the Great Smoky Mountains, Plott Balsams, and Great Balsam Mountains. The county is famous for its Cold Mountain (picture below), the 6,030-feet high mountain that acts as the location for the Charles Frazier book and movie of the same name The mean elevation for the county is about 3,600 feet - the highest for any county east of the Mississippi.
There are just two high schools in Haywood County - Pisgah and Tuscola. The two varsity football teams battle each year in the country's greatest high school rivalry.
Restaurants in Waynesville NC
When it comes to finding good food, there are several quality restaurants, bar and grills, and eateries.
Waynesville NC Hotels
So, you need a place to stay? No worries. Try one of our cozy Bed and Breakfast's, motels, or cabins.
One of the town's most regarded restaurants. If you are looking for good food prices, this is for you.
Head over to Ingles for all your grocery needs. One of about 200 Ingles chain groceries in the area.
Wells Funeral Home
A respected funeral home in Waynesville for more than 100 years.
This is where you go when you are sick, but not enough to warrant a visit to the ER. Two locations in Waynesville.
Where its happening! Walk the cozy sidewalks and take in the shops, street art, and culture.
A community action agency, serving Haywood County since 1965.
Old Stone Inn
This mountain lodge and restaurant is currently for sale (February 11, 2017). Seven buildings. 18 guest rooms. Price: $900k.
The Lodge is a hotel in Waynesville offering complimentary coffee and doughnuts in the lobby. Queen-sized beds, no-smoking in all rooms. All rooms are poolside.
Nothing says living rustic like a night in a 19th century cabin.
Barbers Orchard is a produce market/fruit stand that is open Monday - Sunday from 9am until 6pm.
The Music Box is a DVD and video store in Waynesville, NC.
Here is a selection of dentists in Waynesville.
Shopping is a fun part of any visit to Waynesville NC.
Go Grocery provides surplus grocery products which they purchase from producers at discount.
Time to get that hair done? Here is a small listing of hair salons in Waynesville NC where you can do it.
A Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, NC.
Situated at about 5,000 feet in elevation on Mt. Pisgah, the Inn offers basic rooms at a reasonable price.
Garrett Funeral Home
Garrett's present building, built in 1968 features a chapel for 250 guests, cushioned seats, a piano...
Take a hike up the famous Cold Mountain, from the movie.
Mast General Store
Quality goods for the living, coffins & caskets for the dead.
A listing of churches in Waynesville, NC.
Visit the historic "Frog Level" district just below the Waynesville courthouse area.
Carolina West Dental
With a staff of about 20 people, 8,000 square feet, and 8 chairs.
Homes for Sale
Buying or selling a home or land in Waynesville area.
Waynesville NC Newspaper
There are a couple newspapers that service Waynesville NC.
The Swag features an award-winning restaurant, awesome accommodations, and world-class hiking trails.
Oak Park Inn
Old-fashioned lodging for visitors to Waynesville, North Carolina. Nice place!
Located just outside of town off Highway 19.
One of the 100 counties in the state of North Carolina, Haywood is located in the western part of the state.
Bed and Breakfast
One of the most enjoyable ways to experience Waynesville NC is by staying at a bed and breakfast.
The Parkway Inn motel offers rooms for smokers or non-smokers, honeymoon suites, and double-wide hot tubs.
Main Street Realty
Main Street Realty has a number of real estate agents/brokers to serve you.
Waynesville NC Map
Here is a large map of Waynesville, NC.
The HART Theater, or Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, is a community theatre showcasing regional talent. Plenty of plays and musicals are performed in the 255-seat James Auditorium.
Population & Elevation
What is the elevation of the town of Waynesville? How about it's population. Here are some basic facts.
Autumn Care in Waynesville opened in 1985 and provides 24-hour nursing care.
Producer of medical products and employer of local people with disabilities and disadvantages.
This is an Italian style restaurant serving authentic Italian or Mediterranean dishes.
The primary hospital serving Waynesville NC and the rest of Haywood County is Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A real estate agency/broker in business since 1974.
A place to buy solid wood furniture in Waynesville, NC.
High Country Furniture
Furniture store in Waynesville NC.
This is an animal rescue location for abused and neglected horses.