Located ten minutes up the Expressway in Haywood County, the bustling town of Waynesville is one of the true gems of Western North Carolina. The heart of this amazing city beats within the perimeters of Downtown Waynesville which is complete with top-notch restaurants, shopping, and art galleries, but you'll also find the HART Performing Arts Center, Haywood Community College, and Medwest Haywood Hospital here. Most any retail shopping need can be satisfied in Waynesville, from a brand new Super Wal Mart, to Best Buy and Lowes, and they're all easily accessible to Balsam Mountain Preserve residents.
Waynesville has a population of nearly 10,000 residents, and is blessed with an ideal year-round climate, beautiful mountain scenery and warm Southern hospitality. About 40% of Haywood 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.