Canton is nestled among five hills along the banks of the Pigeon River in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Our moderate climate with four distinct seasons makes Canton one of the nicest places to live anywhere. Canton is near major highways and within easy driving distance of the regional airport. Canton’s beautiful residential communities lie along tree-lined streets in this quaint town.
Canton is the home of Blue Ridge Papers, Incorporated, Haywood County’s largest industry. The mill produces paper and allied products. Two industrial parks have been developed just north of Canton.
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. Activities include “Pickin in the Park” during the summer months, a walking trail surrounding the park area; an annual Labor Day celebration, a festival of lights during the Christmas holiday season, and the annual lighted night Christmas parade.
Canton is within easy access of several fine golf courses. Hiking and nature trails and superior trout and bass fishing are a part of the nearby National Forest. Nearby are the nation’s two most visited national parks; Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway. Located near Canton at Maggie Valley are the Cataloochee Ski Slopes with facilities for all classes of skiers. Camping and outdoor living are at their best in the forests and campgrounds in Haywood County. There are many public and private campgrounds for the outdoorsman. It is also where my wife is from!