Haywood County "The Jewel of Western North Carolina" has 19 mountain peaks 14 of which are the highest number of mountain peaks over 6,000 feet in any single county east of the Mississippi and there is an obvious reason for that claim to fame. Flowing throughout the interior of the county's northern, southern and eastern regions are sections of North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest. North Carolina's Nantahala National Forest borders the county to the southwest, while Tennessee's Cherokee National Forest borders Haywood County along its northern border. Also very noteworthy is Haywood County's northwestern region, which contains a large section of the world famous Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Three National Forests and one National Park; all contained within the heartland of the Blue Ridge Mountains, all merging here in North Carolina's Haywood County. Haywood County is home to the Blue Ridge Parkway and to Cold Mountain, the basis for the award-winning, best-selling novel by Charles Frazier and the ensuing 2003 major motion picture.