Quality of Life
Haywood County’s 546 scenic square miles are located in the western part of North Carolina and has the advantage of being within a day’s drive of 50% of the U.S. population. Knoxville, Atlanta and Charlotte, are all within 3 hours or less. Asheville Regional Airport is within 30 minutes and we offer ready access to I-40, I-26 and US 19/23/74, major interstates through the area. Railway and freight service are also available.
Climate, Culture, Leisure
We enjoy the beauty of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited National Park in the U.S., with its surrounding tourist attractions, fertile valleys and rolling foothills. The area has recently been designated a Blue Ridge Heritage area and is well known for its creativity in arts and crafts. The year round climate is mild with cool nights and moderately warm days. There are an abundance of golf courses and we offer a skilled workforce, low wages, high tech capabilities and a POP for broadband internet service.
The county Tourism Development Authority website goes into great detail concerning our famous International Dance Festival - Folkmoot, the Atlanta Ballet, Haywood Area Reparatory Theatre, Arts & Craft Festivals, Skiing, Horseback riding, Hiking, Fishing, Cold Mountain, The Blue Ridge Parkway and many other cultural and leisure opportunities. Please visit their website at www.smokeymountains.net
Health & Higher Education
Haywood Regional Medical Center provides 184 beds and over 120 physicians. Haywood Community College is one of the finest 2-year institutions in the country and offers 42 programs. Also, Western Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Asheville, both highly accredited universities, are each 30 minutes away.
We have a strong support system for small business with the combined efforts of a Small Business Incubator and the Small Business Center at Haywood Community College’s High Technology Center. Financial incentives are available for new and expanding businesses interested in locating to our area. The Economic Development Commission is actively involved in the support of existing businesses as well as attracting new business to the area.