Your Blue Ridge Hotel Destination
Explore the Blue Ridge Parkway and see everything this famous area has to offer when you stay at The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa. Our Blue Ridge Mountain resort provides you with all the comforts of home, and makes an excellent place to plan your journey into the mountains. When you stay here, you remain close to several popular landmarks along the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is only five miles from the Inn. Observe panoramic views and gaze upon beautiful countryside from an elevated perspective on the parkway.
Notable Stops along the Blue Ridge Parkway
Waterrock Knob | Milepost 451
Remain in the parking lot for 270° views or brave the moderate to strenuous 1.2 mile hike for near 360° views at an elevation of more than 6,200 feet. Sunrises and sunsets look amazing from this spot, which overlooks Maggie Valley, Cataloochee Ski Area, and the highest peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Richland Balsam Overlook | Milepost 431
This is the highway’s highest point at 6,053 feet of elevation. You can hike a 1.5-mile loop from the Haywood-Jackson Overlook to the highest peak along the Parkway. Explore a spruce fir forest before topping the summit of Richland Balsam at 6,410 feet above sea level.
Devil's Courthouse | Milepost 422
Cherokee legends say that the devil holds court in the cave just below this mile-high rock outcrop. Check it out for yourself, and enjoy the views well into South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee on a clear day.
Black Balsam | Milepost 420
Black Balsam Knob, the highest peak in the area, provides unobstructed views in all directions from 6,214 feet above sea level. Discover these lovely views of the southern Appalachians thanks to the treeless habitat atop the mountain. Visit in early summer when the area is flush with wild blueberries and blackberries.
Graveyard Fields | Milepost 418
With miles of hiking trails and three waterfalls, this area provides a stark contrast in habitat to other Southern Appalachian areas. Toppled trees and leftover stumps from the logging industry look like the scene of a natural graveyard, and the area’s tall grasses, shrubs, and wildflowers add to the unique ambiance.