Maggie Valley

February 24th, 2016
Maggie Valley Creekside Lodge Information
2716 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, North Carolina 28751, USA

How Maggie Valley Got Her Name

Maggie Mae Setzer Pylant, for whom Maggie Valley is named, was born December 21, 1890, in a small log cabin with a stone fireplace, which still stands in altered form at the foot of Setzer Mountain on Setzer Cove Road. In the early 1900’s, Maggie’s father, John Sidney Setzer, better known as “Uncle Jack”, grew tired of riding his horse several miles down the mountain to the old Plott Post Office to get the mail for the residents of the valley, and decided to do something about it. He wrote the U.S. Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock in Washington, DC, asking for permission to operate a post office in his home. He was told he had to prove the need for one. He then applied again and obtained permission to set up a postal office in his home. Thereupon Setzer submitted four names, one for the creek (Jonathan) that ran through the area, and one for each of his daughters: Cora, Mettie and Maggie. Maggie was Washington’s choice! At the time, Maggie was a shy 14 year old and burst into tears because she was afraid that her classmates would tease her about being named a Post Office. The Maggie Post Office opened on May 10, 1904.

Maggie is a Valley nestled between the Blue Ridge Parkway and The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The mountains are the highest peaks in the Appalachian mountan range and the oldest mountains in the world. Come stay with us in our valley steeped in history and blessed with natural beauty.

Maggie Valley

Location, Location, Location!

Maggie Valley is located in Haywood County, “Where the Sun Rises on the Smokies”.

The county was established in 1808 and is located in Western North Carolina.

The county is made up of four towns: Canton, Clyde, Maggie Valley, and Waynesville, which is the county seat. The county’s southern border meets the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is also bordered by the Pisgah National Forest to the north and the Nantahala National Forest to the west.

Haywood County Trivia

  • The town of Maggie Valley has one of the highest elevations east of the Mississippi at over 3,200 feet. Haywood County has 19 mountain peaks.
  • Over a century ago Haywood County became knows as the “Gateway to the Smokies”.
  • Haywood County boasts the most peaks over 5,000 feet east of the Rockies.
  • A Haywood County man, William “Pinkney” Inman, was the inspiration for the Charles Frazier best selling book and movie “Cold Mountain”.
  • All the water in Haywood County originates in Haywood County, including the Pigeon River.
  • Haywood County is a showcase for many mountain traditions such as square dancing in the street, Folkmoot Festival, and the Smokey Mountain Folk Music Festivals.


  • We went with a large group to the Maggie Valley Creekside Lodge and they were incredibly helpful and hospitable. The accommodations were great. The large foyer area was wonderful for the group and the staff was incredible. They made us welcome in so many ways. The rates were incredibly reasonable and the room had all the necessary amenities.

    Chip T.

  • We loved our visit here! We just got home last night and we all wish we were still there! The staff is extremely helpful and the rooms are nice and clean. We spent a lot of time by the stunning creek cooking dinner on the grill and roasting s'mores over the fire pit. It is centrally located to many attractions. We went on many day trips and didn't spend all day in the car getting there. It's also within walking distance of restaurants and shops, but you may find yourself eating by the rushing creek instead!

    Amie M.

  • Really enjoyable place to stay. Room had a balcony overlooking the creek. Spacious room with comfortable bed. Staff was very nice and friendly. Took only 35-40 minutes to reach the Valley at Cataloochee where the elk were in rut. Awesome stay and can't wait to go back.


  • Clean, friendly, quiet, relaxing. Heartfelt thanks to Carol and her entire staff for making our group feel at home again this year. They went out of their way to make sure we had what we needed to make our event a success. We will be back again!

    Ricky Y.

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