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Cataloochee Valley Tours- Day Tours

Waynesville, NC
828-450-7985
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Ranked #1 of 6 Activities in Waynesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: 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.
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Portsmouth, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I wanted to visit the Cataloochee Valley while staying the Fontana Dam area to drive Tail of the Dragon in our sports car (definitely not an all terrain suited vehicle). That being said, when I mentioned that the gravel road was the only access to the valley, hubby wanted to nix the idea. No worries I said, this tour is... More

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

Dear Cindy: I thank you kindly for your nice review and high recommendation. I am glad you were able to experience both the "Tail of the Dragon" and our beloved Cataloochee Valley during your vacation. More

Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

My wife and I have enjoyed traveling to Asheville the last four "Octobers" and had always wanted to see the Elk and the beauty of the Cataloochee valley. Not having a working knowledge of what to expect, we did some searching on trip advisor and learned about Esther Blakely and her Eco-Tour. We booked a tour and were delighted with... More

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

Dear Ron: I greatly appreciate you taking the time to write such a wonderfully detailed and articulate account of your eco-tour experience. I love hearing that the tour was the "highlight of your vacation." Thank you! More

Clinton, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

As we departed for our trip to the Cataloochee Valley, it quickly became obvious that our guide, Esther, had covered all the bases for a very special afternoon of discovery - the elk were the obvious focus of the day, but there was much more because of her knowledge of the area and its history. As she shared information about... More

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

I am so pleased to know that you found "our time together was enriched in a wonderful and unexpected way." I thank you kindly for sharing your eco-tour experience so eloquently. More

Greer, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

If you love the mountains and their wild-life inhabitants, this is the tour for you. It was a trip down memory lane for me, and I remembered a road into the Cataloochee Valley that made me wonder if I would ever get to see the valley and the elk herd again. Leaving the driving to Ester allowed me to ride... More

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

Dear Bonnie: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to transport you back down memory lane into Cataloochee Valley. I too believe that it is "one of the most beautiful settings on earth." I appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and look forward to welcoming you back on tour in the future for my Synchronous Firefly Nightwalk. More

Macon, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We loved this tour. Esther is a wonderful guide. As a former history teacher, I really enjoyed learning about the background of the valley. Seeing the elk in their natural habitat was awesome. Esther's passion about the valley, its people and the care of the valley's animals was really inspiring. This tour could not have been better and it is... More

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

Your tagline for my tour as "A Treasured Experience" is high praise indeed, and I thank you kindly. I enjoyed sharing the beauty and rich history of the Cataloochee Valley with you and look forward to welcoming you back on tour again in the future. More

Floyd, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

From the moment she picks you up until you return you are in the presence of a charming and cordial hostess. Soon it becomes clear that she is also extremely well informed. Esther has a wealth of knowledge about the animals and the history of the valley and she conveys it with genuine sincerity and love of the place. She... More

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

I thank you so very much for your kind remarks and your helpful suggestions...all greatly appreciated. It was a pleasure to have you on tour. More

Huntington,WV
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This is the second tour we've done with this Company.Esther is ONE AMAZING WOMAN!Her knowledge of this area is great. My husband and I were so impressed with her knowledge of the Cataloochee Valley, their people and The Elk. I Would recommend this tour for the young and old alike. Look forward to seeing you again and THANK YOU.

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

Dear Jackie: It was so nice to have you and Roy return and take my Evening Elk Eco-Tour. Thank You! I greatly appreciate your kind review. More

Lebanon, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This attraction/tour was more than worth the money!! Not only did we get to see the elk in their own habitat displaying their natural behaviors but we also got a great history of the area. Esther made the trip fun and interesting. I believe she enjoyed it just as much as we did as it never gets old to her.... More

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

Thank you for your review. I am happy to know that you found the trip to be "fun and interesting." More

Stone Mountain, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I'a a journalist and veteran travel writer. Esther Blakely is a top guide and much more: educator, outdoors enthusiast, compassionate storyteller and a mighty fine person. I've toured in different parts of the world and lived in other countries. Esther taught me more that I learned in all the others combined. She honors our land and its wonderful creatures.

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

I am truly at a loss for words on how to respond to this lovely review except by saying...wow and thank you! More

Indian Trail
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We looked for things to do in Waynesville on the spur of the moment and the Cataloochee Day tours popped up on this site. We cannot get over how fortunate we were to discover Esther and her tour. She is not only extremely knowledgeable about the Valley, her pride of place shines through in every thing she tells you. We... More

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

I truly appreciate you taking the time to write this review describing your eco-tour experience. I was so moved when I read the sentence "she explained the history of the valley to us in a way you would never forget." Thank you, and I am happy to know that you too think it is "a wonderful discovery!" More

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