Waynesville in western NC is blessed with the ideal year-round climate, beautiful mountain scenery and warm Southern hospitality. Waynesville is far enough south that spring comes early, bringing a fantastic display of natural blooming beauty to the mountainsides as Dogwood and Redbud trees and an amazing number of wildflowers put on their show. Summer heat is tempered by cool mountain elevations and evening tempuratures drop to create some of the most relaxing evening environments. In the fall, hardwood forests put on a spectacular fall foliage color display attracting more visitors than other time of the year. The winter brings a quiet, slower season. Almost half the county is occupied by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pisgah National Forest and the Harmon Den Wildlife Refuge, where the Blue Ridge Parkway meets the Great Smoky Mountains. Haywood County encompasses 546 square miles and has a population of about 52,000. There are four incorporated towns: Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Canton, and Clyde. With a mild southern climate and cool mountain elevations ranging to over 6000 feet, Haywood County is an excellent location any time of the year for business or recreation.