The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Canton

(Including nearby Bethel)

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Canton, North Carolina

Canton NC is a small town nestled among five hills along the banks of the Pigeon River in the mountains of Western North Carolina, near major highways and within easy driving distance of the regional airport in Asheville. Canton's beautiful residential communities lie along tree-lined streets in this quaint town. Canton is also the home of Blue Ridge Papers, Haywood County's largest industry. The mill produces paper and allied products and has made great strides in reducing the amount of air and water pollution  spewed with devastating effects into the environment, especially the Pigeon River, by the former owner, the disgraced Champion Paper Company. Blue Ridge Papers today is a partner with the community in not only providing jobs for local residents but also in reducing the environmental impact of the company's manufacturing operation.
    Canton has a recreation program as part of its services to its citizens and guests. The Recreation Park has a large, modern swimming pool, playground, picnic tables, lighted tennis courts, and ball fields adjacent to the park. The community was named for Canton, OH, the source of the steel used in construction of the bridge over the Pigeon River.
 

    One of the largest mountains in Haywood County, the now famous Cold Mountain lies in the Bethel Community near Canton. Popularized by the novel which was turned into a major motion picture, Cold Mountain was written by Charles Frazier, who was born in Haywood County and spent weekends and summers in the area. While here, he explored the mountains and decided to immortalize Cold Mountain in his memorable novel.
    Another of Canton's claims to fame are the Star of the Carolinas (1445 carats), and the Southern Star (1035 carats), two of the world's largest star sapphires, both found in Canton's
Old Pressley Sapphire Mine, now open to the public.

 

Resources
City Website: Canton
: Town Hall, 58 Park Street, Canton NC 28716; 828-646-3412
Facebook: Haywood County Nostalgia
Location:
Central Mountains, 20 minutes west of Asheville
County: Haywood County:
County Offices, 215 North Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-6625
Elevation & Population:
2,589 feet, 2,500+
Visitor/Welcome Center:
 Haywood County Tourism Development Authority Visitor Center, (Exit 31 off I-40) 761 Champion Drive, Canton NC 28716; 828-452-0152
County Chamber of Commerce:
Greater Haywood County Chamber of Commerce: 28 Walnut Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-456-3021
Newspaper: The Mountaineer, 220 North Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-0661
Movie Theatres: Colonial Theatre,
58 Park Street, Canton NC 28716; 828-235-2760
High School: Pisgah High School, 1 Black Bear Drive, Canton NC 28716; 828-646-3440
Colleges and Universities:
(Nearest) Haywood Community College, 185 Freelander Drive, Clyde NC 28721; 828-627-2821
Hospitals:
(Nearest) Haywood Regional Medical Center,  262 Leroy George Drive, Clyde NC 28721; 800-834-1729
Area Major Festivals: Christmas Parade (December), Folkmoot USA (July)
Area Natural Attractions: Blue Ridge Parkway
Old Pressley Sapphire Mine,  Pisgah National Forest
Area Cultural Attractions:
Canton Area Historical Museum,
Shook Museum 


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Fine Dining in Western North Carolina
Dining
Casual & Family Dining
Sagebrush Steakhouse: (American) 1941 Champion Drive, Canton NC 28716; 828-646-3750

Overseas & Exotic
China King: (Chinese) 49 Plaza Loop, Canton NC 28716; 828-235-8815
El Chapala: (Mexican) 124 Main Street, Canton NC 28716; 828-235-9193


Cafes & Grills
Jukebox Junction Restaurant and Soda Shoppe: (Cafe) 6306 Pigeon Road, Canton NC 28716; 828-648-4546

Pizza
Domino's Pizza: (Pizza) 78 New Clyde Highway, Canton NC 28716; 828-648-7499
Pizza Hut: (Pizza) 25 New Clyde Highway, Canton NC 28716; 828-648-6780

Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC
Accommodations
Resorts
Springdale Country Club: (Country Club) 200 Golfwatch Road, Canton NC 28716; 800-553-3027

Motels
Days Inn: (Motel) 1963 Champion Drive, Canton NC 28716; 828-648-0300
Quality Inn (Motel) 737 Champion Drive,Canton, North Carolina 28716; 828-648-4881

Cabins, Cottages & Chalets
Lake Logan Episcopal Center: (Cabins & Cottages) 154 Suncrest Mill Road, Canton NC 28716; 8218-646-0095

Rental Agencies
Bird Talk Properties: (Rentals) PO Box 1512, Canton NC 28716, 828-400-8362

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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