Attractions in Waynesville and Surrounding Areas

Near Asheville & Maggie Valley  The award-winning Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast offers Western North Carolina lodging accommodations less than one mile from the picturesque  Main Street center of Waynesville, NC, and minutes from Maggie Valley, Cherokee and Asheville.  Guests enjoy walking to town for shopping, dining, and the many Waynesville, NC attractions.  The scenery is breathtaking with easy access to visit the Smoky Mountain National Park , Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest, The Biltmore Estate, Chimney Rock ParkCherokee, and other local attractions. Encounter the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains with any activity you choose.

Later imagine yourself relaxing in our 1,000-square-foot Garden Room at our Waynesville bed and breakfast surrounded by the great Smoky Mountains, Pisgah National Forest, and Balsam Mountain Range. There are luxurious sofas, overstuffed chairs, books, games and a huge gas log fireplace with magnificent views waiting for you. Discover a special relaxing time away with us.

So Many Things to Do in Western North Carolina

Allow us to help plan your Smoky Mountain Vacation with the many fabulous, fun attractions and activities in Western North Carolina plus our complimentary mountain views.

During your stay at Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast, you’ll have an opportunity to experience many of the wonderful things to do while surrounded by the scenic beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway. Waynesville has a wealth of attractions, fun activities, and year-round outdoor adventures for everyone. your most difficult decision during your stay may be what to do next!

Surrounded By Nature

  • Smoky Mountains VistaBirding Trails In the Mountains - Great bird watching sites in the mountains.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway - One of the most scenic roads in America, the Blue Ridge Parkway (part of the U.S. National Park Service) only 10 minutes from our bed and breakfast, offers plenty of spots for roadside picnics, breathtaking vistas, easy to difficult hiking, and a reprieve from commercialism. The 469-mile recreational motor road connects Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. View Video
  • Cradle of Forestry- Spanning over 100 years of forest conservation history, the Cradle of Forestry offers a snap shot of life at America’s first school of Forestry along the Biltmore Campus Trail.
  • Elk in the Smoky Mountains near Waynesville, NCElk Viewing At Cataloochee - For a romantic evening watching elk graze a short distance away, drive to the Cataloochee Valley section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which is only 25 miles from our bed and breakfast. There are hiking trails, old historic buildings and of course the wildlife, elk, wild turkey, deer and bear. The best time to view the elk is either early morning or late afternoon. We recommend the excellent Cataloochee Valley Tours for an informative fully guided experience.  The park also provides a self auto tour to guide you through the valley. View Video
  • North Carolina Arboretum - It's a 434-acre public garden in the Pisgah National Forest, located at the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway on Highway 191. The entry fee is only $8 which is a steal! Surrounded by the dense folds of the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, the Arboretum is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural garden settings in America.
  • North Carolina Waterfalls - Waterfalls and many cascades are located in the Great Smoky Mountains, the Nantahala National Forest, around the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Pisgah National Forest and the Appalachian mountains of Western North Carolina, including the 411 feet Whitewater Falls which is the tallest series of falls east of the Mississippi.  View Video
  • Pisgah National Forest - This magnificent forest has 501,691 acres and stretches across the eastern edge of Western North Carolina's mountains. The Forest offers hiking trails, fishing, camping, picnic sites, and spectacular waterfalls. Great Smoky MountainsView Video
  • Smoky Mountain National Park - Great Smoky Mountains National Park is literally only 20 minutes away and is the most visited national park with 10 million visitors each year. In addition to its role in preserving the rich natural and historical heritage, the Park is a place for outdoor recreational pursuits. These range from a short stroll in the woods to a more extensive hike in the back country. Camping, fishing, picnicking, nature viewing and horseback riding, or just viewing magnificent scenery and taking advantage of photographic opportunities are favorite past times.  View Video

Outdoor Sports and Activities

  • Challenging Golf Courses - Our bed and breakfast is surrounded by beautifully Golfing near Asheville NC maintained golf courses. The views are magnificent and the level of play is from beginner to pro. All these courses are within a 5 - 30 minute drive from us.
  • Climbmax Rock Climbing - With varied terrain, and stellar rock formations, Western North Carolina is a great place to take those first vertical steps, or expand upon your already developing skill set.
  • Disc Golf - Waynesville has a great disc golf course at the Recreation Center.
  • Hiking/Mountain Biking - The hiking trails in our area are plentiful. Whether you want to hike in the Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway or Pisgah National Forest we have the books, guides and maps to help plan out your day. Our huge breakfast in the morning will keep you energized throughout.
  • Horseback Riding - Nothing like taking a horseback ride through the mountains. Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley April - November
  • Cloudhoppers in Waynesville, NCHot Air Ballooning - Experience beauty and adventure from above.  View Video
  • Ski Slopes in Western NC- Discover all the ski resorts, snow tubing and snow boarding you can do in the Western North Carolina mountains. All within 1 1/2 hours of Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast with fireplaces, mulled wine, hot chocolate and more just for you.
  • Up-Close Outfitters - Up-Close Outfitters offers local fishing trips to Lake Fontana and fly fishing trips to the numerous streams throughout western NC. Up-Close Outfitters is committed to providing you with that ultimate guided fishing and hunting experience you have been looking for. View Video
  • Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking - Nantahala Outdoor Center - Named "One of the Best Outfitters on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure, NOC rafts four rivers near Waynesville. View Video or French Broad Rafting Expeditions - Enjoy whitewater rafting trips or calm water float trips on the French Broad River. It is the world's third oldest river, offers splashy rapids and expansive vistas from inside Pisgah National Forest.
  • Zip Line Canopy Tours - Navitat Canopy Adventures takes guests on a thrilling and educational adventure high in the trees of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The canopy tour course is entirely tree-based. No experience necessary. You are provided with everything necessary to enjoy any of the 10 ziplines.

Western North Carolina Attractions

  • Biltmore Estate - Biltmore MansionGeorge Vanderbilt's 250-room estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, NC. Only 30 minutes from our bed and breakfast. View Video
  • Cherokee Indian Reservation The Cherokees believe that they have always lived in Western North Carolina. There are many things to do in Cherokee – attend the outdoor Mountainside Theater for a performance of “Unto These Hills…a retelling” with the whole family, visit the Museum with its new expanded research and education wing, plus experiencing all the rich history they offer.
  • Explore Asheville- Asheville is only 30 minutes away. This eclectic city  is known as "Berkeley" of the south. It's a fun city to visit with great food, art, culture and music.
  • Folkmoot USA- A two-week international celebration of the world's cultural heritage through folk music and dance. There are at least 10 nations being represented. Opening and closing day is in Waynesville.
  • Haywood Arts Regional TheatreFolk Art Center - The Folk Art Center is home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild.  The center showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians. Beginning in March each year, visitors can see live craft demonstrations daily in the Folk Art Center lobby.  Located at Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway. Great shopping!
  • Harrahs Casino - Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel brings gaming to North Carolina's stunning Great Smoky Mountains. Only 40 minutes from Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast. Paula Deen has opened a new restaurant there and it's excellent!
  • Haywood Arts Regional Theatre -  Founded in 1985, this  volunteer-based community theater showcases the talents of the people of the region. HART’s main stage performances are in the James Auditorium, a 255-seat traditional proscenium space that operates April through November. In the winter, productions shift to the 75-seat Feichter Studio Theatre for a second season of more experimental work.
  • Great Smoky Mountains RailroadGreat Smoky Mountain Railroad - With 53 miles of track, 2 tunnels and 25 bridges, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offers a variety of excursions that explore the amazing landscape of Western North Carolina. With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on-board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy scenic train journeys across fertile valleys and through river gorges in a spectacular region near The Great Smoky Mountains.
  • Wheels Through Time Museum- The Wheels Through Time Museum is home to the world's premier collection of rare American Vintage Motorcycles.  Located 10 minutes away, in beautiful Maggie Valley, NC, this All-American motorcycle museum houses over 300 of America's rarest and most historic classic motorcycles.

Dining at our Restaurants

From intimate fine dining experiences to local eateries, what defines Waynesville's restaurants is freshness and innovative preparations. Waynesville offers a fantastic selection of restaurants for lunch and dinner. In the summer, and during the fall leaf color season we recommend dinner reservations in advance especially on weekends and holidays; we are happy to arrange reservations for you. We also have menus for local restaurants at the inn for you to browse through during your stay ( * denotes Andon-Reid innkeepers' favorites)

Shopping in Waynesville and the surrounding area.

Antiques, art galleries, general store, quilt stores, chocolate store, art studios are just a few of the quaint shops you will find in Waynesville. We are fortunate enough to have a number of artists that live in the area and sell their paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, photographs and more in the local stores. Walk our beautiful tree lined Main Street and take time to stroll around the shops.


Art, Galleries & Framing

Books, Cards, and Stationery

  • Blue Ridge Books 152 S. Main St (828) 456-6000
  • Beth's Hallmark 73 Waynesville Plaza (828) 452-2602

Clothing, Shoes & Accessories

Furniture & Accessories

Gifts & Specialty

Gourmet, Candy & Ice Cream

Health and Wellness

  • Mother Earth Nutrition 79 Waynesville Plaza (828) 456-3216
  • Waynesville Recreation Center 550 Vance St (828) 456-2030
  • Zoolies Health Food  308 N. Haywood St. (828) 452-3663



  • Blue Ridge WineriesBiltmore Winery - The most visited winery in the United States isn't located in Napa Valley. It's at Biltmore in the mountains of North Carolina, where approximately 1 million visitors stop by to sample award-winning estate wines each year.
  • Rockhouse Vineyard - Award-winning, handcrafted wines from a small family winery nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Rockhouse philosophy of wine making is to produce small quantities of naturally crafted wines. The winery is open for tours and tastings Thursday through Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  1525 Turner Rd - Tryon, North Carolina 28782