Haywood County’s Must-Try Recipe for Adventure

Springtime is just around the corner and the weather is warming, meaning the time has come to begin planning a delicious adventure. Whether you’re a food enthusiast searching for your next dish, a sipper chasing the next brew, or a thrill seeker on the hunt for your next adventure, the five charming mountainside towns of Haywood County have something to please your palate. The only question is what to try first, which is why we’ve cooked up one heck of a step-by-step recipe for adventure–just for you!

Bowl of ramen in Haywood County, North Carolina

Dine Fine & Local in Haywood County

Hungry for the kind of food that will make you bugle louder than the nearest elk? Haywood County has no shortage of local restaurants, fresh markets, and farm-to-table food. Whether you’re in the mood for barbecue, pub food, or a five-course meal, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your hunger after a day of hiking, shopping, or sightseeing.

Two of our popular upscale restaurants include Singletree Heritage Kitchen and Birchwood Hall Southern Kitchen, and their dishes don’t disappoint. Singletree’s chef-driven and heritage-inspired approach to handcrafted cuisine yields locally-sourced dishes such as the Sunburst Farms trout. Meanwhile, Birchwood’s farm-to-table dining experience offers elevated southern classics, such as shrimp and grit cakes, yard-bird, filet mignon, and the Duck Duo.

Prefer to be your own chef? Make a stop by one of our farmers markets like Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market, Ledford Produce Market, Christopher Farms, Smathers Farmers & Public Market, and more for some of the freshest farm produce, grains, and goods around.

Dried pasta in Haywood County, North Carolina

Find a Healthy Dose of Activity in Haywood

Family hiking in Haywood County, North Carolina

This recipe calls for some action, so get movin’ on one of Haywood County’s many hiking and biking trails! Step it up on the Art Loeb Hiking Trail, one of the most challenging but rewarding hikes in Haywood, or catch views at 6,214 feet while exploring Black Balsam Knob. Wanna ride in style? Check out Chestnut Mountain Park, Canton’s nature-based recreation park, featuring 15 miles of multi-use trails, a bike skills course, and picnic areas.

How to Treat Yourself in Haywood County

Make the final ingredient for adventure something sweet – or bubbly if you prefer! Indulge yourself in a sweet treat from one of our many bakeries, like Grateful Table, Kandi’s Cakes & Bake Shop, and Farm to Cake Bakery, or savor fresh brews from award-winning coffee shops like Orchard Coffee, Papertown Coffee, and Panacea Coffeehouse, Café & Roastery.

Barista makes coffee at Panacea Coffeehouse and Roastery in Haywood County

Sipping a cold one more your indulgence style? Tap into one of Haywood’s breweries like Frog Level Brewing, BearWaters Brewing, and Boojum Brewing Company, for a locally-brewed draft.

While this is just one recipe for adventure in Haywood County, the opportunities are endless! Show us how you choose to enjoy our mountain towns by tagging @VisitNCSmokies and #HayNow on your social media posts.

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