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Cataloochee Valley Tours

#1 of 4 Outdoor Activities in Waynesville Features Animals
49 Fancy Ln, Waynesville, NC 28785-9321
+1 828-450-7985
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Wildlife retreat

We met up with Tim and he took my wife and I on a private tour of the park. Everything was perfect... read more

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Reviewed yesterday
Jorrit K
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Excellent personal tour with knowledgeable guide

Recommend to anyone. Saw two bears lots of elk and turkeys beautiful scenery. Didn't know... read more

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Reviewed 4 days ago
859brenda
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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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“elk tour” (36 reviews)
“firefly tour” (18 reviews)
“eco tour” (12 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 14:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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49 Fancy Ln, Waynesville, NC 28785-9321
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Reviewed yesterday

We met up with Tim and he took my wife and I on a private tour of the park. Everything was perfect, from the ecofriendly car to the beautiful valley. We saw lots of elk and turkeys. We went on a short hike to see...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Recommend to anyone. Saw two bears lots of elk and turkeys beautiful scenery. Didn't know Waynesville had an elk population. Breaks and snacks provided

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

What a treat to see 2 bears on tour...awesome! Thank you kindly for your review and recommendation!

Reviewed 5 days ago

Our family of 5 (all adults) enjoyed an evening Tour of Cataloochee Valley with Tim as our guide. He was pleasant, humorous and very informative. We were very fortunate to see multiple Elk close up and drive leisurely through the valley learning all about the...More

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We absolutely love hearing that your tour was "a highlight of your vacation!" Thank you for sharing your eco-tour experience and for your high recommendation.

Reviewed 6 days ago

We had a wonderful tour with Tim in August 2017. Tim was so informative and interesting, he even kept our teenage boys interested. We saw many elk and was able to take so many great pictures. I really wanted to go to the Cataloochee Valley,...More

Thank asloan12
Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are so pleased that you and your family... including the "teenage boys" enjoyed the tour. Thanks for trusting us to drive you over that crazy mountain road to our beloved Cataloochee Valley. We appreciate your review and look forward to taking you on our...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently had the unique pleasure of a VIP evening with Esther and Tim Blakely, owners of Cataloochee Valley Tours. We were driven into the bucolic magic of the valley, after enjoying a gourmet champagne supper at an expansive scenic overlook. Esther provided a fascinating...More

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

Dear Carol: We too enjoyed every minute of this tour with you and David. Thank you for your eloquent review and high recommendation.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I had an amazing experience exploring Cataloochee Valley with Esther in July 2017. We saw many Elk (including new babies who would peek their head up for a second!), White tailed deer, a mama turkey and her babies and we even saw...More

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Angela: It was so much fun having your nice family on tour. We love it when families introduce their children to nature. We especially appreciate you taking the time to share your eco-tour experience with this wonderful review... many thanks!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide was full of passion for the fireflies and even though she has lots of experience, her enthusiasm was as if it was her first trip as well.

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Pam: I have witnessed the "light show" put on my these special little critters more than 100 times and each time I see it...I find it truly amazing! Thank you for your review.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was nice to be the passenger on this twisty road. We saw the elk herd and a bull as well as the abandoned homesteads. A beautiful location. Esther was a great guide describing the people, wildlife and plant life. It was great!

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you kindly for sharing your eco-tour experience...so happy you thought the tour was "great!"

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We recently enjoyed the elk tour with Esther, an energetic and precious lady. She was truly as excited with each elk, turkey, deer, or bear that we saw, as if she was seeing them for the first time. This added to our enjoyment! It was...More

Thank Julia W
Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Julia: I so enjoyed having you and your sweet sister on tour...thank you for this wonderful review!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My sister and I took the evening elk tour. Our tour guide, Esther, was excellent. We saw a bear, turkeys, and elk galore! Not to mention beautiful scenery! The history Esther provided was so interesting I want to learn more about the area, as a...More

Thank jlewis186
Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

What a pleasure it was to have you and your lovely sister on tour. Thank you for this "Fantastic" review and for sharing your great photos!

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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
11 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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