Introduction to Waynesville, North Carolina

Waynesville, North Carolina, in Haywood county, is 25 miles W of Asheville, North Carolina (center to center) and 122 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina. The town has a population of 9,232.

Waynesville History

In 1810, an American Revolutionary War soldier Colonel Robert Love, founded Waynesville. He donated land for the construction of a public square, a courthouse, and a jail. Robert Love named the settlement in honor of his former commander, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne. It was incorporated as a town in 1871. Railroad arrived in 1884, which led to growth in the agricultural, tourism, and lumber industries. The area where the train station was built was named "Frog Level" and eventually became the commercial center of the community. In July of 1995, the towns of Waynesville and Hazelwood merged to form a larger community.

Waynesville and Nearby Attractions

  • Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts
  • Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
  • Black Rock Mountain State Park
  • North Carolina Arboretum
  • Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Things To Do In Waynesville

Waynesville is home to the Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts which features a collection of art, handicrafts, and furniture created by various North Carolina artists. The Mountain Heritage Center, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, and Historic Johnson Farm are other museums and historic sites nearby. Cold Mountain, which is situated within the Pisgah National Forest, is a popular destination that was made famous by Charles Frazier's novel "Cold Mountain". The 1,000-acre Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area offers facilities for boating, fishing, hiking, camping, and picnicking. The community also organizes several festivals throughout the year including the Ramp Festival, the Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, the Apple Harvest Festival, the International Folk Festival, and the Haywood County Fair.

Waynesville Transportation

Greenville - Spartanburg International Airport is the closest major airport.

Waynesville Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the Western Carolina University, Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College, and Clemson University.


Total Population 9,748
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 26.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,749
Age of the Population 50


% of people married 45.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $52,239
% Above Poverty Level 81.4%
% Below Poverty Level 18.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 40.8%
Median Gross Rent $760
Median House Value $156,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.6%
US/American 0%
English 8%
Irish 11%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Waynesville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 25 miles W of Asheville, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 122 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Haywood
Standard Zip Codes 28785, 28786
P.O. Box Zip Codes 28738
Phone Area Codes 828
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.488
Longitude -82.988

Waynesville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 47 F
Apr Temp 37 to 66 F
Jul Temp 57 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 68 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Station CANTON 1 SW
Distance 8.1 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 46 F
Apr Temp 38 to 66 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 66 F
Annual Precip 41.9 inches
Distance 10.8 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 46 F
Apr Temp 37 to 66 F
Jul Temp 58 to 81 F
Oct Temp 38 to 67 F
Annual Precip 51.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Waynesville, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Hazelwood (28738, 28786)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Canton 4,156 $38,553
Clyde 1,311 $53,333
Cullowhee 5,534 $0
Maggie Valley 1,533 $46,458
Sylva 2,597 $43,333
Webster 409 $57,500

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Waynesville Public Libraries

Haywood County Public Library
Waynesville, North Carolina
(828) 452-5169

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

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