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Cataloochee Valley Tours

49 Fancy Ln, Waynesville, NC 28785-9321
+1 828-450-7985
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Firefly tour

SO glad we got closed out of Tennessee government firefly lottery and found this tour!! I hate to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
octobersky1023
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NY
Truly Inspiring Experience!

How truly grateful we are that Esther and her husband have set up a tour to share the awe-inspiring... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
nanadadev
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Hurricane, West Virginia
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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” (33 reviews)
“firefly tour” (14 reviews)
“eco tour” (12 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 3 days ago

SO glad we got closed out of Tennessee government firefly lottery and found this tour!! I hate to write about the experience because I'd like to keep it for myself, but in fairness I feel I have to write about what a great time my...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

How truly grateful we are that Esther and her husband have set up a tour to share the awe-inspiring performance of the synchronized fireflies in the Great Smokey Mountains.This wondrous act of nature, witnessed in the dark silence of the mountains, is, by itself, an...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Last year I had put on my calendar to be sure to go in late May/early June 2017 on one of these small tours to see these particular amazing fireflies (which only congregate in two parts of the whole world - the Smokey Mountains and...More

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

Dear Cally: It was such a pleasure to meet and share the magic of the synchronous fireflies with you. I thank you kindly for this lovely and detailed review. I look forward to your upcoming elk tour.

Reviewed 1 week ago

I have had the Synchronous Fireflies on my bucket list for several years but I was unable to get in to Elkmont Campground. My daughter found this tour on the internet and we were very excited. We had a small intimate group and the guides...More

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

Dear Lydia: We are absolutely thrilled to know that this was "one of the most memorable experiences of your life." Thank you for this wonderful review and for giving us the opportunity to share the "magic" of the synchronous fireflies with you and your family.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband, 13 year old daughter, and I met Esther and her co-workers and fellow tourists in a convenient location in town and then she took us out to her secret spot to see the synchronous fireflies. It was truly amazing. Esther asked us not...More

Thank snorkledork23
Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We loved having your family on tour! I will always remember your daughter's comment that the firefly light show looked like "mini fireworks!" We so appreciate you taking the time to share your tour experience in such wonderful detail.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently visited North Carolina to experience the synchronous fireflies with Cataloochee Valley Tours and can not wait to return. The tour guide was so lovely and gracious. She answered all our questions and was focused on our comfort throughout the 4 hour experience. It...More

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

Dear Marie: What a lovely review...thank you for sharing your tour experience. I look forward to welcoming you back in the future and greatly appreciate your high recommendation.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an amazing tour. Esther Blakely was very informative and approached the natural setting with great care. We were delighted to see Elk, turkey an a bear on our tour. Rarely do adventures live up to your expectations or are worth the price of...More

Thank Shirley F
Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Shirley: I am thrilled that we exceeded your expectations. And what a special treat to see our first bear of the season! I thank you kindly for this wonderful review.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had heard about the synchronized fire flies in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, but we were unprepared to see such a display of fireflies on the forest floor, lighting in sync and continuously. This was so much better than being with a hundred...More

Thank 503alfredg
Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for this wonderful review! We are committed to preserving and protecting the habitat of this special little critter by only taking small groups to our "secret" viewing locations. We want all of our guests to be "totally amazed!"

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Guess my first review got lost in the internet nether world! We have been to see the Elk many times on our own, but going with a guide like Tim its a lot more fun! You get chauffeured around in Luxury, free snacks, Elk educated...More

Thank larryaclark
Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Larry & Effie: Thank you for giving us the opportunity to take you back to visit Cataloochee once again! We are so happy that you had a fun tour with Tim and appreciate your review. Thanks too for sharing your photo of bull #75!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had such a great time with Esther. She is so knowledgeable and it was a thrill to see these magnificent creatures of God!

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Thank Beth M
Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Beth: I am so happy you enjoyed your tour, thanks for writing this nice review.

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Jennifer A
Are you open at Christmastime? We will be in your area Dec 22-26
November 18, 2016|
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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! Yes, we are open year-round.
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Buddy B
Would you take 6 adults on an elk tour on Sat. evening 11/12/16 ? How much would it cost and what would be the times of departure and return ? Thanks! Buddy Brueck Talladega AL.
November 10, 2016|
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Response from Esther B | Property representative |
Hello Buddy: Yes, we currently have availability for your party on Saturday, November 12th. Tour time will be from 2:30 to 6:30 PM, with pick up time at 2:00 PM in Waynesville, NC. The price is $80 per person. Please... More
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Zehan Q
Hi, is it possible for 2 of us to book a tour for tmr? Thx.
October 8, 2016|
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Response from Esther B | Property representative |
We are booked for tomorrow, but we currently have room for 2 on Monday if that will work in your schedule.
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