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Cataloochee Valley Tours

49 Fancy Ln, Waynesville, NC 28785-9321
+1 828-450-7985
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A once-in-a-lifetime experience!

If you want an unforgettable experience in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Esther and Tim... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
sofiaavila
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Austin, Texas
Awesome tour with Cataloochie Valley Tours

This was our second amazing evening Cataloochie Valley tour with Ester. This time we brought of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Donna P
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Bradenton Beach, Florida
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Cataloochee Valley Tours...The Best Kept Secret in the Smokies!Let our naturalist take you on a guided eco-tour to one of the best kept secrets in the Great Smoky Mountains-Cataloochee Valley. Cataloochee Valley is one of those special places that is not easy to get to, but hard to forget. If you want to venture there, Cataloochee Valley Tours will take you there in comfort. Note: Reservations are required, as we do not have a store front.
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“elk tour” (33 reviews)
“firefly tour” (16 reviews)
“eco tour” (12 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 14:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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49 Fancy Ln, Waynesville, NC 28785-9321
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you want an unforgettable experience in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Esther and Tim are your guides! They are extremely knowledgeable, professional, and they are so friendly and fun! The synchronized firefly tour was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I get chills just remembering...More

Thank sofiaavila
Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear Sofia: Tim and I were so moved by your lovely review...Thank You! We truly enjoyed having the opportunity to share with you ALL three of our tours. We are thrilled to know that you thought it was "A once in a lifetime experience!" We...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our second amazing evening Cataloochie Valley tour with Ester. This time we brought of daughter, son in law, and two grandchildren (11 and 8) who thoroughly enjoyed it. We knew they would! Esther is very knowledgeable, informative and professional. She included the children...More

Thank Donna P
Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Donna: There truly is no better compliment we can receive than that of a repeat guest. Thank you for this lovely review. It was so fun having 3 generations of your family on tour...it was a great night! Can't wait to take you all...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Esther took us into the valley to experience the elk, forest and beautiful views of the Smoky Mountains. She also told us the story of the Cataloochee Valley and its former residents. Her passion for the history and present make for a wonderful trip.

Thank Karen E
Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Karen: Thank you for taking the time to share your eco-tour experience. It was great to have you, Joel and your friends on tour.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were fortunate and found Cataloochee Valley Tours in our search for viewing the synchronous fireflies of the GSM's. The entire experience was perfect; for starters of course because the fireflies cooperated and were on full display the evening we booked for the tour. But...More

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Mike & Tracy: It absolutely makes my day to know that our firefly tour created a "rare and special memory of a lifetime" for you. Thank you for this wonderful review and your high recommendation.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove 1.5 hours from Pigeon Forge for this tour because we didn't make the NPS lottery to see the synchronous fireflies at Elkmont. It was worth it. We went to 3 different locations and were not disappointed. The fireflies did their thing and we...More

Thank Outdoors123
Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you kindly for taking the time to share your firefly tour experience. We are happy to know that you thought the drive from Pigeon Forge was worth it! We appreciate your review.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

SO glad we got closed out of Tennessee government firefly lottery and found this tour!! I hate to write about the experience because I'd like to keep it for myself, but in fairness I feel I have to write about what a great time my...More

Thank octobersky1023
Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Joanne & MaryAnne: We love hearing that you thought it was a "magical" experience. We appreciate your review and thanks for not letting our little secret out! :-)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

How truly grateful we are that Esther and her husband have set up a tour to share the awe-inspiring performance of the synchronized fireflies in the Great Smokey Mountains.This wondrous act of nature, witnessed in the dark silence of the mountains, is, by itself, an...More

Thank nanadadev
Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We humbly thank you for this "glowing" review. You honor us with your kind and eloquent review. You managed to put into words exactly what we want each of our firefly tour guests to have..."a truly inspiring experience!"

Reviewed 10 June 2017

Last year I had put on my calendar to be sure to go in late May/early June 2017 on one of these small tours to see these particular amazing fireflies (which only congregate in two parts of the whole world - the Smokey Mountains and...More

Thank worldcally
Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2017

Dear Cally: It was such a pleasure to meet and share the magic of the synchronous fireflies with you. I thank you kindly for this lovely and detailed review. I look forward to your upcoming elk tour.

Reviewed 10 June 2017

I have had the Synchronous Fireflies on my bucket list for several years but I was unable to get in to Elkmont Campground. My daughter found this tour on the internet and we were very excited. We had a small intimate group and the guides...More

Thank Lydia T
Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2017

Dear Lydia: We are absolutely thrilled to know that this was "one of the most memorable experiences of your life." Thank you for this wonderful review and for giving us the opportunity to share the "magic" of the synchronous fireflies with you and your family.

Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

My husband, 13 year old daughter, and I met Esther and her co-workers and fellow tourists in a convenient location in town and then she took us out to her secret spot to see the synchronous fireflies. It was truly amazing. Esther asked us not...More

Thank snorkledork23
Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2017

We loved having your family on tour! I will always remember your daughter's comment that the firefly light show looked like "mini fireworks!" We so appreciate you taking the time to share your tour experience in such wonderful detail.

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Jennifer A
19 November 2016|
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Response from Esther B | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest in Cataloochee Valley Tours...The Best Kept Secret in the Smokies! Yes, we are open year-round.
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Buddy B
10 November 2016|
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Response from Esther B | Property representative |
Hello Buddy: Yes, we currently have availability for your party on Saturday, November 12th. Tour time will be from 2:30 to 6:30 PM, with pick up time at 2:00 PM in Waynesville, NC. The price is $80 per person. Please... More
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Zehan Q
9 October 2016|
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Response from Esther B | Property representative |
We are booked for tomorrow, but we currently have room for 2 on Monday if that will work in your schedule.
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