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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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Amazing Tour!!

I cannot say enough great things about our day together with Tim from Cataloochee Valley Tours. He... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago
drgcharlotte
ELK Eco Tours

The Elk Tour led by Tim Blakely was one of the best Tours on which i have ever been. His knowledge... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mary A
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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49 Fancy Ln, Waynesville, NC 28785-9321
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I cannot say enough great things about our day together with Tim from Cataloochee Valley Tours. He is a wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and humor. You really do get up close (although still at a safe distance) with these amazing animals. Who knew this existed...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Elk Tour led by Tim Blakely was one of the best Tours on which i have ever been. His knowledge of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and of the reintroduction of elk to the area was excellent. Of course, seeing all the elk...More

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

Dear Mary: Tim and I are truly honored to hear that our tour "was one of the best tours" you have ever been on...wow...thank you! We greatly appreciate you taking the time to write this wonderful review and share your tour experience with others.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently moved to Asheville, NC and our realtor bought us this tour as a gift. It was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. Seeing the Elk, and hearing the stories of the Cataloochee Valley from Esther was so inspiring. It was...More

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

Dear Carol: Your review truly moved me...thank you for all of your kind words. It was a pleasure meeting you both and I look forward to our paths crossing again in the future!

Reviewed 1 week ago

To anyone deciding if this tour is worth it... it IS! Esther was fantastic and sensitive to my fears of height and very educated on this beautiful area! She has a great love of nature and delivers a high level of information about the valley...More

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

Dear Shelly: It truly warms my heart to know that our tour created a "life-long memory" for you! Thank you sharing your experience with this exceptional review. And, BTW, You're most welcome!

Reviewed 1 week ago

My experience with the Cataloochee Valley Tours of the elk herd was a Five Star Event. Esther is a wonderful tour guide. She was very knowledgeable as well as passionate about the elk herd and the history of the people of Cataloochee Valley. I received...More

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

Wow...Five Star Event! We are thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful adventure. It was a beautiful morning made even better by the company of you and your lovely friends. Thank for this review and your high recommendation.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Four couples took the Elk tour. It was an excellent, informative tour. They drove very carefully, seemed engaged in the guests, served snacks, had a fun game with prizes, and it was fun.

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

Dear Clair: Thanks so much for taking the time to share your tour experience. We are so happy to know that you had a fun time!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently did a tour with Catalooche Valley Tours and it was the highlight of my North Carolina Birthday Bash. Esther and Tim were so knowledgeable and passionate about the Smokey Mountain elk. We watched several groups of bulls and cows and then a rut....More

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

We absolutely love knowing that your tour was the "highlight" of your birthday trip to the mountains! Tim and I had a wonderful morning with you and your lovely friends. I believe the bull elk "dance" was your special birthday present! Thank you for this...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great time with Tim. His laid back personality and knowledge made for a fun outing. He gave us a good overview of the history of the Cataloochee part of Smoky Mountain National Park as we drove through the area. We happened to...More

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

We LOVE your review...Thank You! The elk put on quite a "show" for you and we are so happy you had a fun adventure with Tim.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth every penny. Our guide, Ester, was fantastic. Her passion and knowledge of the area and wildlife is second to none. First class all the way. The elk and mountain views are breathtaking. Highly recommend this tour for great memories. Take the morning tour for...More

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

Dear Judy: Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review and for your high recommendation.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a wonderful trip! Got to learn about the history of Cataloochee Valley and the reintroduction of the Elk. The highlight of our trip was two bull elk fighting. Heard lots of bugling. Esther and Jim were both very knowledgeable and engaging.

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

Dear Sharon: It was a beautiful morning tour and we were so excited that you and your lovely friends were able to witness the bulls fighting! Thank you kindly for your review.

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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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