10th Annual Plunge and Plunge Challenge

On Saturday, February 12, 2022, Haywood Waterways and Lake Junaluska Assembly will host the “10th Annual Plunge Benefit-t-t-ting Kids in the Creek & Environmental Education Programs”. The Plunge is a community event, bringing together public officials, schools, businesses, churches, and many others to support kids. It features a “plunge” (or a run/walk) into the waters of Lake Junaluska’s pool. How deep folks go (toes, chest, or full immersion) is a personal choice, but depends a little on courage and a lot on spectator persuasion. Due to COVID-19, we are also offering the Plunge Challenge, where participants can pick the date, time and location of their convenience. Costumes welcome and prizes awarded for best costumes and top individual and team fundraisers.

Show your community spirit and sponsor the Plunge. It’s a great way to promote your business, support youth education and help protect Haywood County’s streams, rivers and lakes. Thank you for considering our request!

Open House and Ribbon Cutting Planned

Linda’s Vintage Photo Shoots
2777 Soco Road (Eagle Plaza)
THURSDAY, January 13 – 3:00 p.m.
Refreshments will be served

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Lake Junaluska

A delectable Valentine’s dinner buffet in historic Lambuth Inn and a 20 percent off lodging special make Lake Junaluska a wonderful Valentine’s weekend getaway destination. The savory buffet featuring dishes from roasted salmon with creamy dill aioli to a roast beef carving station will be served at Lambuth Inn on Saturday, Feb. 12. Guests also can enjoy 20 percent off their stay at the Lake’s Terrace Hotel and Lambuth Inn on Friday, Feb. 11, and Saturday, Feb. 12 when they call reservations and ask for the Valentine’s Weekend Lodging Special. The hotels feature warm hospitality, mountain views and comfortable accommodations a short drive from unique shopping and dining in Waynesville and Maggie Valley and near Cataloochee Ski Area.

Also during Valentine’s weekend at Lake Junaluska, Haywood Waterways Association will host the 10th Annual Plunge Benefit-t-t-ting Kids in the Creek Environmental Education at the Lake’s outdoor pool. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., participants in this all-ages, rain-or-shine “freezin for a reason” event will wade or jump into the chilly water. Come just to watch and check out the costumes and cannonballs, or earn a bowl of chili (and an event T-shirt!) by taking the plunge yourself. Register or support the cause at haywoodwaterways.org/theplunge.

The 3.8-mile walking trail and gardens at Lake Junaluska also will be open Valentine’s weekend, although Lake Junaluska lake levels will be lower due to a planned drawdown of the lake. The drawdown allows for repairs and maintenance necessary to protect the environmental health of the lake. To book lodging at Lambuth Inn or The Terrace Hotel at Lake Junaluska, call 800-222-4930 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and ask for the Valentine’s Weekend Lodging Special. For the full Valentine’s menu and pricing for the dinner at Lambuth Inn, visit bit.ly/valentine-dinner-buffet.

Exciting news about Creek ‘n Woods Vacation Rentals!

In late December 2021, Tom & Sue Knapko sold all four of their vacation rental Cabins. The Knapkos had been renting cabins for almost 21 years. “We’ve had the time of our lives doing so!” All the cabins will be remaining as vacation rentals. The Knapkos want to say “THANK YOU” for all the guests that have stayed with them throughout the years and for giving them the opportunity to meet the most wonderful folks coming to the Smoky Mountains to relax and enjoy our beautiful part of WNC.
Creek ‘n Woods I is now managed by Travis & Juli Rogers. Their email address is:  trogersre@gmail.com and cell (828) 400-0626. To find availability and book your stay just click: CREEK N WOODS I
Creek ‘n Woods II is now owned and managed by Adam & Courtney Noe. Their email address is:  achristophernoe0529@gmail.com and cell (919) 987-6505. To find availability and book your stay just click: CREEK N WOODS II
Creek ‘n Woods III is now known as “The Cabin at Allison Falls.” The cabin is now managed by: Carolina Vacation Rentals. Their email address is:  management@carolinavacations.com and phone number: (828) 926-0871. To find availability and book your stay just click: The Cabin at Allison Falls
Creek ‘n Woods IV is now being managed by The Smoky Mountain Retreat. Their email address is:  rentals@smokymountainretreat.com and phone number : (828) 926-5300. Office contacts are Gloria & Jessica. To find availability and book your stay just click: CREEK N WOODS IV

Thank you again for your repeat business and loyalty for so many years. We are going to miss you all from the initial phone calls to the meetings at check-in. We are still getting adjusted to being “retired” for almost 4 weeks now, and just finishing up the final transitions of leases to the new owners. We are, of course, remaining in Maggie Valley in our beautiful home at the head waters of Jonathan Creek. It is the original ‘Creek ‘n Woods.’ We just wouldn’t want to live anywhere else!!Take care and thanks.

Tom & Sue Knapko

NC Department of Revenue Announces Grant Program

The NC Department of Revenue has announced a Grant Assistance Program for Small Businesses.

The Application and webpage is not available on NCDOR’s website. The Deadline to apply is January 31, 2022.

The program will issue a one-time payment to eligible NC businesses that experienced significant economic loss due to COVD-19. Two types of grants will be available to eligible
businesses that suffered an economic loss of at least 20% during the pandemic:

    • A HOSPITALITY GRANT will be available to an eligible arts, entertainment, and recreation business, as well as an eligible accommodation or food service business such as a hotel, restaurant, and bar.
    • A REIMBURSEMENT GRANT will be available to an eligible business not classified in NAICS Code 71 and 72 and that did not receive funding from other relief programs including Paycheck Protection Program, COVID-19 Job Retention Grant and EIDL Advance.


MaggieValley.org and MaggieValleyFestivalGrounds.com


Chamber Website Statistics – Year End 2021
MaggieValley.org Website Visits: 1,152,640
Top Pages: Attractions, Elk, Lodging
Visitor Guide Viewed On Line: 218,637
Maggie Valley Festival Grounds website views: 400,615


Linda’s Vintage Photo Shoots, Business Partner

Papa Rosa’s Little Knife Store, Business Partner

Scenic Tours and Rentals, Business Partner

Black Bear Bistro & Pizzeria, Business Partner

Maggie Valley Lifts, LLC, Community Partner

Carolina Asphalt Maintenance, Executive Member

Up The Creek Cabin, Premier Partner

Fox Web Design & Computer Service, Premier Partner

Homestead RV Park For Seniors, Business Partner

Valley RV Repair, Business Partner

Clarketon Motel, Business Partner

Valley Tavern, Business Partner

Roses in the Valley Florist, Business Partner

Tony Malinauskas, Patron Member

Scott’s Automotive & Lockout, Community Partner

Maggie Valley Festival Grounds Schedule

Visit this page often for the latest information on Festivals and Events held at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.



1st Tuesday of Each Month

9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, February 1

Guest Speaker: Jeff Hunter – National Parks Conservations Association