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Cataloochee Valley Tours

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49 Fancy Ln, Waynesville, NC 28785-9321
+1 828-450-7985
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Early fall tour

Our guide did a great job with providing information and making the experience enjoyable. Kids... read more

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Reviewed 4 days ago
jdolsen6
Amazing tour!

My husband and I had a wonderful time on our elk tour! Esther shared so much knowledge of nature... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago
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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” (37 reviews)
“firefly tour” (19 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 4 days ago

Our guide did a great job with providing information and making the experience enjoyable. Kids, parents, and grandparent will love it!

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

What a treat to have 3 generations of your nice family on tour. We thank you kindly for taking the time to share your tour experience.

Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had a wonderful time on our elk tour! Esther shared so much knowledge of nature with us and we learned about the elk history and habits. We saw amazing elk during the rutting season and the scenery was beautiful! We highly...More

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

Dear Patti: It was a pleasure having you and Mark on tour! I greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your tour experience.

Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour was very enjoyable and Esther was very knowledgeable about the elk and the history of the Cataloochee area. I highly recommend this tour for anyone who loves nature and history.

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

I am so happy to know that you enjoyed the tour. Thank you for your nice review and high recommendation.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Cataloochee Elk Tour with Esther was the highlight of our family vacation! Esther was the perfect guide through this magical experience. Great for kids and adults. I highly recommend this Tour!!More

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

We absolutely love hearing that your elk tour was "the highlight of your family vacation!" It truly was a magical experience, especially seeing the flying squirrel on our way out...that is something I will always fondly remember with your family! Thank you kindly for this...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We met up with Tim and he took my wife and I on a private tour of the park. Everything was perfect, from the ecofriendly car to the beautiful valley. We saw lots of elk and turkeys. We went on a short hike to see...More

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you kindly for this wonderful review! We are so please that you enjoyed your private tour and that it was "the best thing" you did on your trip!

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Recommend to anyone. Saw two bears lots of elk and turkeys beautiful scenery. Didn't know Waynesville had an elk population. Breaks and snacks provided

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

What a treat to see 2 bears on tour...awesome! Thank you kindly for your review and recommendation!

Reviewed 16 August 2017

Our family of 5 (all adults) enjoyed an evening Tour of Cataloochee Valley with Tim as our guide. He was pleasant, humorous and very informative. We were very fortunate to see multiple Elk close up and drive leisurely through the valley learning all about the...More

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We absolutely love hearing that your tour was "a highlight of your vacation!" Thank you for sharing your eco-tour experience and for your high recommendation.

Reviewed 15 August 2017

We had a wonderful tour with Tim in August 2017. Tim was so informative and interesting, he even kept our teenage boys interested. We saw many elk and was able to take so many great pictures. I really wanted to go to the Cataloochee Valley,...More

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are so pleased that you and your family... including the "teenage boys" enjoyed the tour. Thanks for trusting us to drive you over that crazy mountain road to our beloved Cataloochee Valley. We appreciate your review and look forward to taking you on our...More

Reviewed 7 August 2017

We recently had the unique pleasure of a VIP evening with Esther and Tim Blakely, owners of Cataloochee Valley Tours. We were driven into the bucolic magic of the valley, after enjoying a gourmet champagne supper at an expansive scenic overlook. Esther provided a fascinating...More

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2017

Dear Carol: We too enjoyed every minute of this tour with you and David. Thank you for your eloquent review and high recommendation.

Reviewed 1 August 2017

My family and I had an amazing experience exploring Cataloochee Valley with Esther in July 2017. We saw many Elk (including new babies who would peek their head up for a second!), White tailed deer, a mama turkey and her babies and we even saw...More

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

Dear Angela: It was so much fun having your nice family on tour. We love it when families introduce their children to nature. We especially appreciate you taking the time to share your eco-tour experience with this wonderful review... many thanks!

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Jennifer A
18 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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