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Address: 49 Fancy Ln, Waynesville, NC 28785-9321
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+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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April Evening Elk Tour

We took our four-year-old grandson with us on this tour. All three of us thoroughly enjoyed it. Tim was very knowledgeable and answered even the simplest question politely. Since... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Liz W
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Saluda, South Carolina
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Saluda, South Carolina
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our four-year-old grandson with us on this tour. All three of us thoroughly enjoyed it. Tim was very knowledgeable and answered even the simplest question politely. Since there were only 6 of us in the car, we all got personal attention and the opportunity to stop and take just the right photo! While one can drive into the... More 

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

Dear Liz: Thank you so much for sharing your tour experience. We love it when families introduce children to nature and we enjoyed having your nice family on tour. More 

Hickory, North Carolina
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93 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I were having a nice weekend away in Waynesville and I decided, after reading the reviews for this tour, to schedule it. Esther was very communicative and responsive to my inquiries. We got really lucky and had her all to ourselves when another group was unable to make it. She drove us in her Cadillac Escalade, which... More 

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

Warm thanks for your kind words and detailed review. It was a delight to have you both on tour and I am so happy you enjoyed the evening. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your tour experience and photos with others. I look forward to welcoming you back on tour in the future. More 

Naples
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were visiting Waynesville from Naples Florida and looking for something to do with our teenagers (13,15,17) and this tour was perfect. Esther knows Cataloochie Valley like no other and truly loves it which makes the trip special in every way. We were intrigued and excited throughout the entire experience. I'm so glad I found this and that our teenagers... More 

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

I am so pleased to know that everyone enjoyed our eco-tour adventure. It was an absolute pleasure having your family on tour. Thank you kindly for taking the time to share your tour experience in this wonderful detailed review. I look forward to welcoming you all back for another adventure in the future. More 

San Francisco, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Esther was very knowledgeable and professional. The length and content of the tour was appropriate. She provided information about the human and biological history of the valley. This would be a good tour for a family.

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

Dear Mike: I appreciate you taking the time to write this review and for your recommendation. More 

Fallston, Maryland
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7 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Esther is knowledgeable about every aspect of Cataloochee Valley. She is safe for any age group to take this tour. We saw lots of wildlife including elk, turkeys, etc. I am an avid outdoorsman and naturalist. I recommend to anyone who enjoys the outdoors, take this tour you will have fond memories forever.

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

Thanks so much for sharing your tour experience and your recommendation. It was a pleasure having you on tour. More 

Jonas Ridge, North Carolina
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90 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

I was looking for something "outdoorsy" to wrap up a long day we had planned in Waynesville NC and found this company on TA. Initially the cost seemed high but I gambled on the number of five bubble reviews that it was worth it. From the moment of our arrival, it was clear that Tim was a pro and we... More 

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

Dear David: We appreciate you taking the time to share your tour experience and your great photos. Practicing and promoting leave no trace and responsible wildlife viewing is very important to us and we thank you mentioning it in your review. It was a pleasure taking you on tour. Tim B. More 

Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 January 2017

We had a mini family Christmas reunion in North Carolina and wanted to explore the local history as well as wildlife. From the first exchange of emails with CVT, I knew this tour would be a highlight of our trip. Esther is a passionate storyteller who puts everyone at ease -- especially driving the tiny, windy roads that lead into... More 

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

Dear Brenda: Thank you kindly for this lovely, detailed review. What a beautiful and fun evening it was on tour with your nice family. More 

Birmingham, Alabama
1 review
Reviewed 16 December 2016

Esther is a passionate guide who answered every question we asked. We were able to see wild turkeys and elk. Would recommend!

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

Thanks so much for your review and recommendation. More 

Beaufort, SC
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3 reviews
Reviewed 30 November 2016

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
Reviewed 29 November 2016

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 

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