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Cataloochee Valley Tours

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Address: 49 Fancy Ln, Waynesville, NC 28785
Phone Number: +1 828-450-7985
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Cataloochee Valley Tours...The Best Kept Secret in the Smokies!Let our...

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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Excellent Tour, Must See

The Elk Tour was a GREAT outing, Esther is a VERY professional guide/host to the Cataloochee Valley. She is very informed and passes the information along in a way you can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
RobertStarling
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Starke, Florida
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Starke, Florida
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Elk Tour was a GREAT outing, Esther is a VERY professional guide/host to the Cataloochee Valley. She is very informed and passes the information along in a way you can understand. She was always willing and able to answer any and all questions we threw at her. I would recommend this tour to anyone, especially someone that doesn't get... More 

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

Dear Robert and your "Florida Gator" crew: I loved having you all on tour and greatly appreciate your kind review and high recommendation. More 

Liberty, Indiana
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

The tour was so educational and interesting. Esther is wonderful and so full of information. A total delight. We cant wait till next year to go on the other tours she offers. Be sure to take your camera there are sooo many things to see.

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

Dear Amy: And I can't wait for you to return for another tour! It was great having your group on tour. Thank you for taking the time to write this nice review. More 

Asheville, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Esther is a master at what she does! I was lucky enough to be given a gift certificate for 2 for Esther’s Elk Eco-Tour by a friend who had gone herself and loved it. I invited another friend to join me who had never been to Cataloochee. Although I had been to Cataloochee a few times before to hike and... More 

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

Dear Maggie: Please accept my heartfelt appreciation for your kind and detailed tour review. It is really nice to know that you enjoyed the tour even though you had previously been to Cataloochee on your own. Thanks so much for sharing your experience. More 

Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

My sister and I were lucky enough to get a reservation with Esther for this tour the last week of October. We were so excited and Esther did not disappoint! The fall foliage was spectacular. Her tour is meticulously planned. She makes the valley come alive with her expert knowledge of the Eco system and the original inhabitants. We were... More 

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

Dear Sharon: It was a pleasure to meet and share with you and your sister our beloved Cataloochee Valley. I greatly appreciate your thoughtful review. More 

Jacksonville, Florida
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

We booked our tour last minute after checking out Trip Advisor and we are so glad we did! My 17yo and 8yo both said it was their favorite activity! Esther picked us up and drove us to the park. She was an amazing guide. I could go on and on but I wont... don't miss this opportunity to relax and... More 

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

Many thanks for your review. I especially love hearing that the kids thought the tour was their "favorite" activity of your trip. I can't wait to take you all on a firefly night walk in the future! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

This tour is amazing! Esther has a wealth of knowledge of the surrounding area not to mention the elk themselves and the history behind the Cataloochee people. You can tell she loves what she does and has a real passion for sharing this with people. Esther was very professional, courteous and took every step to make sure the trip itself... More 

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

Dear Jim: You honor me with with this gracious review...Thank You! I love your enthusiasm and thoroughly enjoyed having you on tour. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Our lucky day when we contacted Esther about an Elk tour! I was with my sisters and 87 year old Mama visiting the Fall Foliage in NC. Esther just had someone cancel their tour for the day we were calling about. This experience seeing Cataloochee elk was the end to a perfect girl trip. Thank you Esther for teaching us... More 

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

It was my lucky day too Pamela to meet such a lovely group of ladies! Thank you for your review, it was an absolute pleasure having you all on tour. :) More 

Cornelius, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Catalouchee Valley Tours is an AMAZING experience! A MUST!! We can't say enough on here about this tour or Esther- so here's me trying to keep it short. Esther is such a lovely host and truly shares the history, secrets, beauty, and animals in this sweet valley. All the while making you feel safe and comfortable ( she could drive... More 

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

Dear L & C: I am deeply moved by your kind remarks and cannot thank you enough for sharing your experience. I do hope to see you both next year, maybe on my Firefly Night Walk! :) More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Esther's love & knowledge of Cataloochee valley was apparent from the moment we met her. If you are a nature lover, this is a must do when visiting anywhere near by. We would have never visited this valley, as we wouldn't have taken our small sports car on the narrow twisting mountain dirt road leading there. Esther took us there... More 

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

Thank you Larry B. for your review. I would love to welcome you back on tour again in the future! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Our guide, Esther, is a Certified Master Naturalist, and was very knowledgable. She took 5 of us in an SUV into Great Smoky Mountain National Park for an evening elk eco-tour. We saw MANY elk, right at the end of the rutting season.

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

I appreciate your review Doris. It was a delight to have you and your friends on tour. More 

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