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Cataloochee Valley

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC
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Elk

The road going up was really bad but when you got to the valley it was worth it.We saw 11 Elk in... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
mlodmo
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Beech Island, South Carolina
Crazy mountain road

Trying to get to catalooche valley is quite an adventure in its self! The narrow gravel windy road... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Melissa B
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Clarkston, Michigan
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good16%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“turkey” (29 reviews)
“see elk” (25 reviews)
“cades cove” (29 reviews)
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The road going up was really bad but when you got to the valley it was worth it.We saw 11 Elk in the field and they came close to us

Thank mlodmo
Reviewed 4 days ago

Trying to get to catalooche valley is quite an adventure in its self! The narrow gravel windy road going up a mountain is not for someone with motion sickness. I took medicine and was still feeling sick from all the sharp curves. The views are...More

Thank Melissa B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Spent the day in Cataloochee Valley for hiking and elk viewing. We arrived around 8a after a drive thru the fog to reach the valley. The valley is beautiful even on a cloudy, wet morning. We were lucky enough to see a few elk. The...More

Thank Wayne C
Reviewed 1 week ago

What an adventure just getting there. Paved road 75 curves to a dirt road with another 70 curves to a pave rd to the valley. Went to see the Elk and what a treat. A herd was in a field with turkeys. The male was...More

Thank davidpf
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You may not think it's worth the trip as you drive this mountainous switchback type narrow road that is gravel with some good ruts as of this post. Blind curves etc. But take your time and go at a slow pace and you will be...More

Thank MorgansHT
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My first time visiting and won't be my last!!! Cataloochee Campground was great. We saw elk in the evening and early each morning and also many wild turkeys. The fishing was great, as well. Campground was very close to all the fields where the elk...More

Thank BarkerMJ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went at daybreak and the elk were out in the fields. The bulls were bellowing and gathering their harems. Absolutely breathtaking. The scenery was wonderful and the old buildings were very nicely kept. There are VERY rustic bathroom facilities at the opening of the...More

Thank Lisa D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove the 2 hours with the hopes of seeing elk (this was our second trip in 7 years). Our route took us on I-40 then on a twisting narrow road into the valley (there are a couple of ways in to the valley). We...More

Thank Lynn W
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The drive to the valley is really twisty and narrow,,go slow. but once in the valley beautiful. turned a twist in the road and elk everywhere. just out roaming in the fields, pull off side road and watch them, eating. and playing. drive on the...More

Thank tammy d
Reviewed 31 August 2017

This is not an easy place to get to but well worth the time and effort. We were there almost 7 hours and only did half of the park. It is about 2 hours by car from Pigeon Forge, so, it is hard to get...More

Thank rallen638
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PancakesOnTheBeach
27 September 2017|
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Response from Sue L | Reviewed this property |
The roads were rough getting to the valley and no guardrails. They weren't wide either and I was nervous any time there was an approaching vehicle. We went in our SUV and got there without problems, I was just nervous... More
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PancakesOnTheBeach
25 September 2017|
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Response from Sue L | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the other reviews. We have never paid for a tour to see elk and unless you're just not wanting to drive, I would use my money for something else. Good spots to see elk are either early morning or in the... More
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cpk2001
18 September 2017|
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Response from Sue L | Reviewed this property |
When we went to Cataloochee, we stayed right in Maggie Valley. It is just a short drive to catch the road to the valley (and you're not that far from Cherokee and 441). We stayed at Mountain Joy cabins (yes real log... More
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