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Cataloochee Valley

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Address: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC

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The road is a bit of an accident waiting to happen. But, once we arrived to the valley the trip was well worth it. I would suggest going during the week to avoid an extra... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Tonya L
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The road is a bit of an accident waiting to happen. But, once we arrived to the valley the trip was well worth it. I would suggest going during the week to avoid an extra traffic on the road as it is an old logging trail with room for one vehicle in certain spots, and no guard rails. Bring your... More 

Thank Tonya L
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Most visitors stay in Gatlinburg and see the attractions on the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains NP. We decided to spend half a day exploring the North Carolina side of the park and stay overnight in Cherokee for a change. Not a good idea! To reach Cataloochee Valley, it takes 1.5 hours from Gatlinburg or 1 hour from... More 

2 Thank pingaroo
Maroa, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have never been to this side of the smokeys. Very different from the gatlinburg side, less touristy, more hills and hollars. We loved watching the elk and wild turkey and butterflies. The valley is quiet and peaceful and a perfect get away. lots of trails available, but many bridges out so be prepared to Ford the streams. we will... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

No elk in the middle of the day, but there is really nice hiking. We went up 2 trails - both were fairly flat and easy. Hiked about 1.5 miles on each. Trillium were blooming and were gorgeous. Much less crowded and fewer facilities than the Cherokee entrance which was exactly what we wanted.

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Chapel Hill
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2017

This portion of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park is off the beaten path, but well worth the drive. The entrance is right off of I-40 and then you follow the signs for about 10 miles back into the valley itself. About half of the road is paved and the other half is gravel and narrow in spots. Once in... More 

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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Went yesterday early in the morning as we were leaving area heading that way home. Saw bunches of turkeys but no elk what so ever. We seem to have that kind of luck with other wild life too, lol. Area is beautiful once you get past the bumpy, narrow stretch getting to it. Will have to try again next time... More 

Thank jweith
Wausau, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

We decided to take the scenic route to Cataloochee, as described on the national park website. It was definitely an adventure! Lots of gravel, narrow roads and many switchback type turns. We do enjoy a less traveled path. In Cataloochee we hoped to see some elk, but they must have been hiding. We did see some wild turkeys. There are... More 

Thank Ann G
Simpsonville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

This is the hidden gem of the Smoky Mtn National Park. It has more wildlife viewing than Cades Cove. We were excited to see a small herd of elk grazing as we arrived into Cataloochee Valley. Then we soon realized that we were in for a real treat. We saw so many wild turkeys and elk through our drive. There... More 

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

We have been wanting to & check out Cataloochee Valley for a few years now & finally to make the trek from Gatlinburg. Not a bad trip over. Even the twisting, one lane road wasn't that bad. Sure it was bumpy and kind of hairy if looking down at some steep drop-offs bother you. Met no one on the way... More 

Thank leefus303
Atlantic City, New Jersey
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 April 2017

I went there specifically to see elk. Not only did I get to see elk I was afforded the opportunity to see turkeys, woodpeckers and several different song birds. Very relaxing place. I you could add some time for a hike. Its about a 25 minute ride on a winding road. I left just before sunset.


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