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Cataloochee Valley

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Get here early! This is North Carolina's Cade's Cove. Except without all the people. We got here around 8am and saw elk in the valley. This area is close enough to Asheville for a day trip. Bring food and drinks because there's not a place to buy anything nearby.

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Bangkok
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We decided to drive into Cataloochee Valley arriving at 2:00 in the afternoon knowing that the likely hood of seeing Elk at that time of day was slim, but we saw them... many of them and the males were bugling. It sounded awesome. The narrow gravel road going up over the mountain and down into the valley is fine if... More

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Morristown, Tennessee
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Went on a beautiful fall afternoon. Trees were beautiful but couldn't enjoy because it was too dangerous to take your eyes off the road! It was switchback gravel and dirt roads going up a mountain and in most places 2 cars couldn't pass. If you had to back up to let a car pass you just prayed you wouldn't go... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The road less traveled is definitely worth the trip. We were able to enjoy beautiful scenery, mountain and valley views, historic homesteads, and majestic elk and wild turkeys. With the fall leaves gently falling, it was pretty amazing. The road is mostly gravel and narrow but not dangerous in any way. Park Rangers were at the narrow part of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Well worth the drive. The roads are narrow but the view is awesome. We went during the day and were able to see the elk. Breathtaking animals. We have a small car and made it just fine.

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Panama City, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 via mobile

I have read that the drive to Cataloochie was treacherous. We found it narrow and full of sharp turns, but not really that bad. We were staying in Cosby and took 40 until exit 20. The elk were out and just breathtaking. We got great pictures. Go at the right time: sunrise or sunset and you should see them. Hearing... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

When the website says to arrive at sunrise or sunset to see the elk in the fields, they mean it. Our first 2 hour trip there from Lake Lure had us arriving around 10am and we only saw one female. People that were leaving as we were driving up the winding road told us earlier there had been an entire... More

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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66 reviews 66 reviews
32 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I would recommend spending some time in Cataloochee if you are in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's a bit of an adventure to get there. You have to drive down a very narrow very windy road that eventually turns into a mountain road (ie not paved) but it's really not so bad in decent weather. We had a rental... More

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Dalton, Georgia
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37 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Got many great pics. It was quiet a drive for us considering we were coming from north Ga. But well worth it. You will drive on some dirt gravel road for about 2 miles. Just so you know. Very windy curvy roads if you get car sick. FYI. Go early morning if you can. DO NOT GET CLOSE TO THEM... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We visited the Cataloochie Valley inside the Smokey Mountain National Park in October and it was amazing. September and October is when the elk rut takes place. It's about 1 hour from Asheville NC and part of the ride into the park is on a gravel road which we did not find to be a big deal in our sedan.... More

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