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Address: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC
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Beautiful place

Love this place and make sure to come here when in western North Carolina. The elk are great but would come here even if they weren't here.very peaceful And the scenery is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Sanford, Florida
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Sanford, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this place and make sure to come here when in western North Carolina. The elk are great but would come here even if they weren't here.very peaceful And the scenery is beautiful.will be back in two weeks can't wait.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A family visit a little before noon turned out to be more than expected. Weather was nice which made the winding road easier to navigate. Less than a dozen cars were in the valley. We got to the main field and saw over 40 elk; relaxing and in easy view to appreciate them in their home. Out small kids loved... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Cataloochee Valley is by far my favorite part of the Smokies. I've been visiting it since I was a boy growing up here near Asheville. And I think the best time to visit is off-season, especially on a nice day in winter. I was there yesterday on one of those days, when the temps rose into the low 60s... More 

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Fletcher, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

You will see Elk for sure, and if you arrive early, you will probably see wild turkey too. There are parking area's, but you can pull over briefly along the road to take a photo. There are some historic buildings in the area as well - if you are a photographer, the area makes for a lot of beautiful photo... More 

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RaleighNC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

It was exactly a 30 minute drive on Cove Creek Road from I40 to the Cataloochee Valley. Your Prius (any small car) will handle the curvy road fine. We drove slowly, and it's not a hour drive. It's an easy 30 minute drive. Just keep driving slowly and you'll arrive in the valley. After 30 minutes on Cove Creek Road... More 

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columbis sc
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

road in was little scary .mostly dirt road .lots curves i liked it tho.my friend who drove complained all time

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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

I have visited all parts of the Smokie Mt National Park except this one. So I thought I would check it out. If you are coming from TN toward NC you get off at Exit 20. Then you get on a paved road for awhile. Then you get one about a 11 mile one lane, gravel wagon road. There are... More 

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Lafayette IN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Yeah, the roads aren't great but it was definitely worth our drive once we got there. Saw a herd of 25 elk within 20 yards of the road. Walked over the log bridge to visit the historic home in the valley. We travel to this area 3 to 4 times a year and try to visit something different each trip.... More 

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Florence, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

This trip is not far from Maggie Valley (45 minutes), but the roads are not the greatest. However, if you want to see elk, then this is the place to go. We were there by 10 am and they was a herd grazing and lounging. Take a good camera to get good pictures.

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Seymour, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

The Cataloochee Valley is on the east (NC) side of the Great Smoky Mountains and is not the easiest spot to get to but after you finally make it there you can only be impressed. The valley itself is one of a few areas where you can regularly see the Elk herd. That is impressive enough but the stillness of... More 

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