Cataloochee Valley Tours is a nature-based Eco-Tour Company operating out of Waynesville, North Carolina at the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The owner, Esther Blakley, is a University of Florida Certified Master Naturalist. Esther’s goal is to provide you with an in-depth personal experience that is sure to be the highlight of your trip to the Smokies!
Guests are picked up here at Oak Hill and transported comfortably in an eco-friendly and luxurious Chevy Tahoe Hybrid SUV. No need to be concerned about navigating the curvy gravel road over the mountain and into the valley. Esther begins her tour as you leave the driveway, as she shares some of the history of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Once you arrive in the park, you will be lead on a ½ mile round-trip hike (comfortable closed toe shoes recommended) that crosses a narrow log footbridge over a picturesque creek. You’ll discover the how, when, where and why the elk were reintroduced into the Smokies, and view these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. You may also encounter other inhabitants of the park such as; white-tailed deer, black bears, salamanders and many species of birds like cedar waxwings, indigo buntings, wild turkey and ruffed grouse.
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, go with Cataloochee Valley Tours. It will certainly be an unforgettable experience!
Visit Cataloochee Valley Tours for pricing and more information on nature tours. You may also consider a Spring wildflower walk or a visit to see the synchronous fireflies.
Cataloochee Valley Tours proudly supports the Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains Association.