Just Passing Through: Haywood County, NC

Ah, the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, there’s nothing quite like ‘em. I’ve been visiting this area of western NC continuously for the past decade, and finally took a drive around some nooks and crannies that I had skipped over during previous visits. Namely, the scenic North Carolina Highway 215 in Haywood County that winds its way up and up and up from the lush wetlands of Lake Logan to the magnificent Courthouse Valley Overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

pictured above: lookout point from Courthouse Valley Overlook on NC Highway 215

pictured above: lookout point from Courthouse Valley Overlook on NC Highway 215

I’ve mentioned it in previous posts, but I’m always happy to say it again: I looove driving! Growing up along the winding mountain roads of rural Virginia means that cruising the twists and turns of highways and byways feels natural to me (and I’ve always had a little need for speed coursing through my veins 😎) - Western North Carolina has pleeennnty of roads that beg to be driven, many with awesome scenic stops along the way for the adventurous traveler.

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During this most recent trip to Haywood County, I also tooled around Lake Junaluska. There’s a nice paved walking path that hugs the entire perimeter of the lake, offering almost 2.5 miles for joggers and walkers to enjoy. Throughout the summer, there are lots of colorful wildflowers to admire along the way.

Of course, no trip is complete without an abrupt roadside stop to peek at an abandoned building. Always so many to see, and I love how each region has different structures and settings.

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pictured above: North Carolina Highway 215; heading north toward Pigeon, NC.

pictured above: North Carolina Highway 215; heading north toward Pigeon, NC.

I wish I had had more time to stop along my quick driving tour around Haywood County, NC, but alas I’ll have to wait until another time to capture some of the wonderful things that the area has to offer (abandoned Ghost Town theme park anyone??)

It’s also important to note that there was zero cell phone service along the great majority of NC Highway 215, which made me the teensiest bit nervous while driving around alone. Even for us ballsy adventurers, it’s always a good idea to have a full tank of gas, plenty of drinking water, and to tell at least one person where you will be… especially if you know that cell phone service is spotty.

Be safe out there, and as always, happy trails! <3