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Cataloochee Valley

#2 of 14 things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Features Animals
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC
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Great view of elk but is it worth the trip?

We ventured out to see the elk at Cataloochee Valley not realizing how difficult it was to drive... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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Fun jeep ride...

We took a ride in our Jeep from Pigeon Forge to Cataloochee. Intentionally took the scenic route... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank rmatscheer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

We went at 6 in the evening and saw many elk. It took about 30 minutes to get up the skinny curvy road, but it was worth it. Park rangers are very friendly and knowledgeable. It's a must see!!

Thank Amy M
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Bull elk are growing there horns.saw about twenty elk in all.this place is so beautiful and lots to do.had a female elk very interested in my yellow lab which freaked my wife out but was really funny and the dog had a blast running all...More

Thank budnpat86
Reviewed 7 July 2017

Beautiful Valley!!! I will admit, the ride over to Cataloochee from Maggie Valley was a bit nerve racking!! Very narrow road, VERY high up, gravel and no guard rails, but once you get in the park you are well rewarded for that drive!!! We were...More

Thank Amy L
Reviewed 7 July 2017

Very secluded Valley and yes, it does take a little effort to get there but it is well worth it. An old Mountain community that was partially preserved when they created the park. A number of old Homesteads, a Church and the Old Schoolhouse. There...More

Thank Gary M
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

Awesome as always. Elk roaming I'm more interested in the aquatic animals myself. Always worth the visit.

Thank Scott S
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

Fantastic Group site. We stayed in g03 with 10 of us. We had a tarp city set up and the huge pads easily accommodated our 10*20 family tent, camp kitchen, and 4 other tens. It was a rainy trip that was still wonderful. Close to...More

Thank RichardandleighGreen
Reviewed 26 May 2017

The road is a bit of an accident waiting to happen. But, once we arrived to the valley the trip was well worth it. I would suggest going during the week to avoid an extra traffic on the road as it is an old logging...More

Thank Tonya L
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Donna E
12 October 2016|
Response from Tammy W | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember seeing any when we were there. However, most of the parks have picnic areas so we could have just missed it.