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Cataloochee Valley Tours

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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...more
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49 Fancy Ln, Waynesville, NC 28785-9321
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Tim is a great guide with great attention to detail and comfort - well worth a day excursion next time you're in Western NC area. Try to combine the excursion in the morning with an afternoon to explore and dine in downtown Waynesville at leisure.

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EstherB266, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for sharing your morning eco-tour excursion with our guide Tim.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our guide, Tim, is so knowledgeable about Elk and the whole area. We saw a single bull Elk the day before this tour but we were still amazed. It is such a privilege to see these animals in a close (but still very safe) distance...More

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EstherB266, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so happy to hear that you had an "awesome tour" with our guide Tim. Cataloochee Valley is not easy to get to, but hard to forget, and we thank you for giving us the opportunity to share it with you. We greatly appreciate...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not knowing any better we booked a tour at the end of October. But we struck elk gold. Normally according to Esther (the guide and owner), by the end of October the rut would be over. As soon as we reached the valley meadows we...More

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EstherB266, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write this detailed review about your "super day trip." It was a pleasure having you on tour.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a superb experience! Esther Blakely is an excellent guide: She is knowledgable, experienced, patient, enthusiastic and an excellent driver all rolled into one. We really enjoyed seeing the elk in their natural habitat with the huge bull, the multiple females, the young males...More

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EstherB266, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We love hearing that you had a "superb experience!" Thank you for this wonderful and detailed review. We appreciate you sharing your tour experience hope to see you on a firefly tour in the future.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ester was a great tour guide. Do you really need her to go see the valley and the Elk - no but it is great to have her guide you. The history that she can tell you, she can drive while you look, she knows...More

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EstherB266, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Lynnette: Thank you so very much for your nice review. It was a pleasure having you both on tour and we agree..."it is really spectacular to see the big bulls!"

Reviewed 3 November 2018

We loved it so much we are bringing more family next year for this wonderful experience. Tim was an excellent tour guide with lots of knowledge of the history of the valley. We spent lots of time viewing the elk in no hurry and hearing...More

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your eco-tour experience. We are so happy you had a "wonderful experience" with Tim.

Reviewed 1 November 2018 via mobile

My husband and I did the Cattalooche Valley Elk tour with Esther back in 2014. We were so impressed and loved it so much that we returned back to the valley this time with my sister and brother-in-law. Esther never disappoints,her knowledge and her understanding...More

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2018

Dear Tami: In all sincerity, we believe there is no better compliment that we can receive than that of a repeat guest...Thank You! We love it that you returned for another tour and brought your family too. Thank you for sharing your eco-tour experience with...More

Reviewed 29 October 2018

We had the greatest time, Tim was very informative, fun and willing to put up with us. The Elk were amazing!! Scenery was beautiful. Dad had a great time, which Tim made possible, as it was his Birthday Trip. Very comfortable and fun time was...More

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2018

Dear Christina: Thank you for this wonderfully detailed review. We love that you brought your father on tour for his birthday and that he had such a "great time."

Reviewed 26 October 2018

I would recommend this tour to everyone! So much information, beauty, ELK! and bonus stops. Ester was so professional, yet able to be personable at the same time. The highlight of our whole vacation.

Thank Becky H
Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2018

Dear Becky: Wow...we love that your tour was the "highlight of your whole vacation!" Thank you for taking the time to write this review and for your high recommendation. It was a pleasure having you on tour.

Reviewed 23 October 2018

wonderful guides, fun group of people, well organized, and the fireflies definitely performed! sorry, this is a very late review of a tour we did back in June 2018 - but it was well worth the drive down from Wash DC!! thank you!

Thank rajniandryan
Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2018

Thank you for your (late) review...ha, ha...no worries! We are super happy that you had a "magical" experience with the synchronous fireflies. We appreciate your detailed review and recommendation!

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JanetB1467
27 July 2018|
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Response from EstherB266 | Property representative |
Hello Janet: Thank you for your interest in Cataloochee Valley Tours. Our tours require a certain degree of mobility as in being able to get in/out of our Cadillac Escalade tour vehicles and walking short distances on uneven... More
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jahnaynay
2 March 2018|
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Response from EstherB266 | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest in Cataloochee Valley Tours...The Best Kept Secret in the Smokies. Our elk eco-tours do require some mobility to get in/out of our Cadillac Escalade tour vehicle and we do go on 2 short... More
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5 November 2017|
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Hello: Thank you for your interest in Cataloochee Valley Tours...The Best Kept Secret in the Smokies! We would love to take you on tour. We currently have availability for 2 persons on Saturday, November 11th. Tour time... More
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