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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
Type: Tours
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... more » 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. « less
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Dillsboro, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We found Esther on Trip Advisor and are so glad we did! We have been to numerous places in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but had never been to the Cataloochee Valley. Another beautiful place and magical place in the park that we are so glad we experienced with Esther. She was knowledgeable about this part of the park's... More

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Ellenboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was my husband's and my second Elk Tour with Esther. We spent New Years Day touring the Valley and were so taken with the magic of the Valley - and Esther - that we couldn't wait to bring my adult nature loving stepson back for the fire flys! Hard to believe the second tour could have been even better.... More

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

Dear Susan: I truly believe there is no better compliment that I can receive than that of a repeat customer...Thank You! It was great to welcome you both back on tour along with your step-son. I love how you describe the firefly viewing as "a rare and meaningful experience in our fast moving world." Well said, I completely agree. I... More

Huntington,WV
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This was our first experience of any type of tour and it was amazing! If you have the chance to ever do the firefly tour, DO IT. Esther was a very knowledgeable guide and the ride there was very enjoyable. All the little tidbits she told us about the fireflies was very informative. The best part was the wave the... More

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

I am so happy to hear that your 1st ever tour experience was "amazing!" I greatly appreciate your high recommendation and look forward to welcoming you both back on tour in September to witness the elk rut. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Ester's guided tour through the Cataloochee Valley was highlighted with a viewing of the Synchronous FireFlies. This part of our trip through the Great Smokey Mountains felt like a guided tour with a dear friend. Ester does it right; every attention to detail and comfort is accented with her knowledge and love of the Valley, and the Great Smokey Mountain... More

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

I thoroughly enjoyed having you both on my combo tour combining our Evening Elk Eco-Tour and our Synchronous Firefly Night Walk. I truly love sharing the rich history of the Cataloochee Valley and as you said, its glorious bounty of beauty and diversity. I was so moved by your experience of seeing your first owl in the wild and honored... More

edgewood, kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Esther provided an enjoyable, entertaining, and informative tour of the Cataloochee valley. Her passion for the habitat as well as its past and current inhabitants was contagious. We expected to see elk and some pristine mountain scenery, and we did. We did not expect, however, to gain insights into the people and culture that called this valley home. We also... More

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

Dear Carol: I am delighted to know that you found the Evening Elk Eco-Tour informative, entertaining and enjoyable. Thank you for helping with that big bag of trash...the thought of someone leaving it in that beautiful, pristine place still disturbs me. I appreciate your high recommendation. More

Harrisburg, PA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Cataloochee Valley Tours is amazing, so is Esther. The untouched beauty of the valley is breath taking and the elk are simply amazing. It is a special gift to see these creatures in their natural habitat. We learned things and saw things we would have never learned/seen if we had made this journey on our own. Esther was so gracious... More

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

Dear Lemar: I am so pleased to hear that your Eco-tour experience was enjoyable and a "treasured memory." I am truly grateful for your esteemed recommendation. More

Chester, Virginia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Ester, you are one of the best guides I have had the opportunity to experience! Both Gene and I thoroughly enjoyed his birthday trip to Cataloochee valley...we both couldn't stop talking about the tour not only during our stay but since we have returned to Virginia....If we are back when the the grandkids are a little older, we will add... More

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

Dear Judy & Gene: I am delighted that you both enjoyed learning about the elk and the history of the Cataloochee people. Also, seeing the turkeys and deer together like we did does leave an indelible memory. Thanks for your vote as "Best Tour in the area!" More

St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

My family and I went on a tour to the Cataloochee Valley on Easter weekend. Esther is a wonderful guide and her husband Tim was her driver. The weather was a little rainy and cold but the Elk were very lively. On this tour we not only learned how the elk were re-introduced to the park but also a lot... More

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

Dear Bonnie & Isaac: Thank you for taking the time to share your eco-tour experience. It was a fun evening...even in the rain. Your high praise and recommendation is greatly appreciated. I look forward to your return in the future. More

North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

On a recent trip to the Waynesville area my wife and I decided to book a evening Elk tour with Esther. We really had a great time that evening learning about the Cataloochee history and its people, the re-introduction program of the Elk to the valley, & of course the elk themselves. Esther was very knowledgeable and fun to be... More

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

Your tag-line is superb, our Evening Elk Eco-tour is much more than just watching the elk. Thank you for your high recommendation, and I look forward to welcoming you and your family on our Synchronous Firefly Night Walk this summer. More

Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Our family was so thrilled to take this tour with Esther. It was a wonderful experience and the highlight of our trip to Asheville. Thank you Esther for making our vacation so memorable!

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

Thank you for your kind review. I was thrilled to take your nice family on my Evening Elk Eco-Tour, and I am delighted that it was a memorable experience for you all. More

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