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Cataloochee Valley

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC
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Serene, mystical...magical

We went at daybreak and the elk were out in the fields. The bulls were bellowing and gathering... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lisa D
via mobile

We drove the 2 hours with the hopes of seeing elk (this was our second trip in 7 years). Our route... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lynn W
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went at daybreak and the elk were out in the fields. The bulls were bellowing and gathering their harems. Absolutely breathtaking. The scenery was wonderful and the old buildings were very nicely kept. There are VERY rustic bathroom facilities at the opening of the...More

Thank Lisa D
Reviewed 4 days ago

We drove the 2 hours with the hopes of seeing elk (this was our second trip in 7 years). Our route took us on I-40 then on a twisting narrow road into the valley (there are a couple of ways in to the valley). We...More

Thank Lynn W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The drive to the valley is really twisty and narrow,,go slow. but once in the valley beautiful. turned a twist in the road and elk everywhere. just out roaming in the fields, pull off side road and watch them, eating. and playing. drive on the...More

Thank tammy d
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not an easy place to get to but well worth the time and effort. We were there almost 7 hours and only did half of the park. It is about 2 hours by car from Pigeon Forge, so, it is hard to get...More

Thank rallen638
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is truly a hidden gem. The trails are beautiful! So many neat older buildings to get out and explore and we saw lots of Elk! We even ran into an ancestor of one of the homesteads. So much fun, will have to bring the...More

Thank jeannem143
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A long and winding, one lane gravel road leads you across the mountain to enchanting Vistas and the majestic elk will make you want to stay and watch all day! Pack a picnic and spread a blanket to reach out and touch nature. We left...More

Thank Amanda C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow. We ended up going to cataloochee our last night. We made a great decision. We expected 50/50 to see Elk. The roads are windy and part of the road isn't paved so be prepared. Go around dusk to see the wildlife. Once we hit...More

Thank Sara_sakflva
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

We ventured out to see the elk at Cataloochee Valley not realizing how difficult it was to drive back to this area in North Carolina. Expect to spend more than a half hour driving on one lane gravel roads that wind and twist. It could...More

1  Thank rmatscheer
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

We took a ride in our Jeep from Pigeon Forge to Cataloochee. Intentionally took the scenic route out of Cosby, Tn. Via route 32. Nice trip through the mountain and we saw a black bear along the road. Plenty of elk and turkey sightings in...More

Thank layztrav
Reviewed 25 July 2017

We've been to Cataloochee Valley several times and enjoy it more than the time before. With bountiful wildlife and old time buildings, it is worth the drive to spend the day. Lots of good hiking, areas to relax and enjoy the surroundings and be on...More

Thank Sue L
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17 September 2017|
Response from budnpat86 | Reviewed this property |
Staying in Maggie vally puts you close,you can drive to one vally but would have to hike to the other two.but the main valley is a lot.go early or late so you see the elk.i don't remember picnic tables but plenty of spots... More