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Cataloochee Valley Tours

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49 Fancy Ln, Waynesville, NC 28785-9321
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These folks run a really fine operation.

Professional and knowledgeable guides, with first class transportation. Unfortunately, Mother... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Scotty D
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Lady's Island SC
Elk

If one wants to see Elk up close, this is the place. One can tail gate picnic. Plan on staying a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Henry W
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Waynesville, North Carolina
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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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“elk tour” (47 reviews)
“firefly tour” (20 reviews)
“eco tour” (13 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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49 Fancy Ln, Waynesville, NC 28785-9321
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Professional and knowledgeable guides, with first class transportation. Unfortunately, Mother Nature does not always cooperate.As a synchronous firefly tour, it was only so-so. In all fairness, it was close to the end of their mating season and I guess they were pretty tired (Fireflies that...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

If one wants to see Elk up close, this is the place. One can tail gate picnic. Plan on staying a while, because scenes change. You can watch in or outside of the car, just be careful when outside.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Years ago I saw footage on the news about the synchronized fireflies in North Carolina. I put it in the back of my mind until now when I could do something about it. This was worth the wait list. The magic of the flashing patterns,...More

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Well said..."too magical for words!" We are happy that your patience on our firefly tour wait list was rewarded! Thank you for your kind words in this great review.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredible experience! Esther takes care of you from the moment you express an interest in her tours until the last cookie gets eaten. Well organized, passionate about her subject, well versed about the amazing fireflies, great (secret) location (even the ride there was fun and...More

Thank Laurie S
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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Laurie: You made our whole "wonderful" firefly team smile with your line "from the moment you express an interest in the tour, until the last cookie eaten." It was such a pleasure having you both on tour celebrating your anniversary! Thanks for this awesome...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My mother and me attended to the synchronous fireflies tour this June and it was wonderful. Esther is such a competent, efficient, thoughtful, knowledgeable, sweet person. She went the extra mile to make the tour the most comfortable possible for my mom, and we truly...More

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Alojeria: Thank you for bringing your sweet mother from Spain to experience the "magical fireflies!" It was a joyful for all of us to hear you translate to her and then in the international language of love...we all knew what she was saying. Thank...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the best money spent! Most organized tour I have ever been on. Esther and her team are incredible. Very informative and passionate about what they are doing. Trust me, don’t try to get tickets through the lottery do this tour!

Thank Jill F
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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Jill: I am just going to say that we LOVE every sentence of your review and we cannot thank you enough for taking the time to write it!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

An experience of a lifetime. Esther and Tim are very personable and take very good care of you. They are very safety conscious and environmentally aware. They are very knowledgeable on the fireflies and are able to answer all questions. They make sure you have...More

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Shelley: We thank you kindly for sharing your firefly tour experience and absolutely love hearing that it was "an experience of a lifetime" for you.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful, magical, amazing experience -- Esther's passion is evident throughout the evening, she cares about her guests and helps everyone be respectful and careful of a part of nature seen only by a few lucky individuals. The fireflies are simply breathtaking. A zen...More

Thank dsh931
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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

"A great experience from beginning to end." That is a description we love to hear...thank you for this wonderful review!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We debated trying to see these fireflies through the Tennessee lottery or taking this tour. We’re so glad we chose Esther’s tour! It’s professional, organized, well-informed, limited in size and very personal. The fireflies were amazing and the information was invaluable. Kudos to Esther’s eco-friendly...More

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Darrylin & Greg: We too are glad you chose to come with us to experience the magic of the synchronous fireflies. We are passionate about our "eco-friendly" manner in which we operate our tours and I thank you kindly for mentioning it in this...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The tours were professional and very well organized with safety a first priority. The ride to our viewing area with Tim, our guide was a lot of fun and very interesting. Learning about the history of the area was a welcomed added bonus. But, the...More

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing your tour experience with this lovely, eloquent and detailed review. We love it when parents bring their children on our tour to introduce them to the wonders of nature. Looking forward to taking you on an elk tour.

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jahnaynay
March 1, 2018|
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Response from Esther B | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest in Cataloochee Valley Tours...The Best Kept Secret in the Smokies. Our elk eco-tours do require some mobility to get in/out of our Cadillac Escalade tour vehicle and we do go on 2 short... More
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npral
November 5, 2017|
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Response from Esther B | Property representative |
Hello: Thank you for your interest in Cataloochee Valley Tours...The Best Kept Secret in the Smokies! We would love to take you on tour. We currently have availability for 2 persons on Saturday, November 11th. Tour time... More
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Cindie62
November 1, 2017|
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Thank you for your interest in Cataloochee Valley Tours! Unfortunately, we do not have any availability today. Our tours are small and private and we book up quickly. We hope you will try again in the future. Esther B... More
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