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Address: 49 Fancy Ln, Waynesville, NC 28785-9321
Phone Number: +1 828-450-7985
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 14:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Cataloochee Valley Tours...The Best Kept Secret in the Smokies!Let our...

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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Best Birthday Surprise Ever!

I scheduled this tour for myself, my husband and my mother in law as an early birthday surprise for my husband. Best decision I ever made! From start to finish, Esther and Tim... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
carolinagirl71
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Beaufort, SC
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Beaufort, SC
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I scheduled this tour for myself, my husband and my mother in law as an early birthday surprise for my husband. Best decision I ever made! From start to finish, Esther and Tim made this experience amazing. Tim's knowledge of the area was superb. It was great to get the history of the valley and of the introduction of the... More 

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this review

We love that your husband enjoyed his "surprise" birthday gift tour! Thank you for this amazing review and for sharing your great photos. We look forward to welcoming you and your family from Australia on tour next year! More 

Jensen Beach, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Margie and I enjoyed not only the scenery in the Cataloochee valley and the wildlife but the knowledge and the passion Esther has for sharing and caring about the preservation of the animals is outstanding. Her tales of the history and the families that made their life in the valley made the trip that much more interesting. we would highly... More 

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this review

Dear Bob & Margie: It was such a pleasure to meet and share with you both the beauty and rich history of Cataloochee Valley. I am thrilled to know that you enjoyed your tour. Thank you for writing this lovely review and for your high recommendation. More 

Decatur, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a hunt! I've been west and seen elk, but nothing like the view I had at Cataloochee when I went on the tour. If you want a close-up look at elk, get in touch with the VALLEY TOURS, take your camera, and expect to come home with wonderful pictures and memories that will stay with you for life.

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this review

Yes, we are always on the "hunt" for a great photo! Thanks so much for your review and recommendation. More 

Saint Augustine, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I spent a week in the Smokies and took a guided Elk tour with Cataloochee Valley Tours. We really enjoyed the small group size and seeing an area of the park we would not likely have seen on our own. Tim (our guide) was very personable and also quite knowledgeable about the wildlife in the area including... More 

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this review

We are so happy to know that you enjoyed your tour. We appreciate you taking the time to write about your tour experience and for your nice recommendation. More 

Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Esther took 4 of us on a tour to and through Cataloochee Valley to view elk and learn some history of the area. She is so knowledgeable, respectful of the environment, and enjoyable to be with we think we learned more about the elk and how they got there than if we just visited the area alone. We saw at... More 

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this review

"It was the highlight of our NC visit.", that statement is music to our ears! Thank you for this lovely review and we look forward to welcoming you back on another tour in the future. More 

Efland, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The road to the Valley of the Elks was one lane in places, unpaved, without a straight section and with no guard rails along steep drop offs. Esther was reassuring that she knew every inch of the way and we got there and back without incident! I wished only for more time wandering in the woods and fewer people ignoring... More 

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this review

Dear Jesse: Yes, it can be a challenge to get to Cataloochee on a good day...and we had a good day. Thanks a bunch for sharing your tour experience with this nice review. More 

Beeville, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Ester, one of the owners of Cataloochee Valley Tours did an absolutely outstanding job on our afternoon Tour to see Elk. The trip was first class all of the way and she is a true professional. Our trip was both informative, exciting, emotional and educational. Ester shared the history of the Cataloochee Valley and its original people, their struggles and... More 

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this review

Dear Jim & Jo: It was an absolute pleasure having you on tour. I am truly humbled by your lovely and articulate review. Thank you! More 

Stickney, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We have been looking for new things to do in the area for over 10 years and cannot believe we didn't find out about this tour sooner. It was one of our favorite experiences. And although we drove up a few years ago to see the Elk, it did not compare to the the evening tour with Tim. He taught... More 

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this review

We are happy that you found us too and thank you kindly for giving us the opportunity to take you to Cataloochee Valley...especially since you had previously been to the Valley. Your detailed review and high recommendation is greatly appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you back on another tour in the future. More 

Fredericksburg, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Tim provided an excellent experience during the evening Elk tour. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the National Park and was able to answers a wide range of questions that made the tour very enjoyable. Being driven to see the Elk allowed us to concentrate on the natural beauty of the park and of the wildlife.

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this review

We are thrilled to know that you had an "excellent experience." Thank you for your review and kind words. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

It was totally awesome. We saw so many elk.....cows, calves and 2 bulls. Esther and Tim are so knowledgeable and teach a lot of things in a short time. We watched the elk for so long, we missed most of the sunset! But, that was totally OK , 'cause we were all mesmerized at what we were blessed to see.... More 

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this review

Dear Ann: It was great having you on tour and we love your review, especially the part about missing the sunset. We often say the hardest part of our job is to tear you (and us) away from the elk to go up to the sunset, but watching the elk always wins! Thanks so much for writing this great review. More 

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