There are few destinations more scenic than Cataloochee Valley. Although it’s off the beaten path, it’s full of magical sights and activities. Cataloochee Valley tours allow visitors to explore the area, experience enchanting wildlife, and make unforgettable memories.
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Cataloochee Valley Tours: What You Should Know to Plan Your Adventure
About Cataloochee Valley
The Cataloochee Valley is truly a place unlike any other. This natural haven, located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has remained untouched by man. The valley is home to a thriving wildlife population, including elk and other fascinating species. The area’s deep seclusion makes the road to Cataloochee Valley difficult to reach. Cataloochee Valley tours offer proper equipment, transportation, and knowledge of the terrain.
Come along on this guided eco-tour to observe the restored elk population in the Cataloochee Valley. The species was reintroduced to the valley in 2001 after dying out in the area in 1790. Guests can enjoy the four-hour tour at sunrise or in the evening, though the sunrise tours aren’t offered year-round.
Your tour guide will drive you through the valley and surrounding area. You will have a unique opportunity to observe, not only elk but also bears, deer, turkeys, foxes, and more! This tour allows you to immerse yourself in the Cataloochee culture. Along the beautiful journey, you’ll also see historic barns, an old schoolhouse, and a chapel as your guide shares knowledge of the area’s history. The excursion ends at the picturesque Mark Hannah overlook. Take photos, admire the beauty, and take in the true wonder of this environment.
Firefly Night Walk
If you’re looking for a special, unique experience that you will never forget, you have to see the Cataloochee fireflies. These tours are only available from late May to early June, so tickets tend to sell out quickly.
Each year, people travel from all over to view the natural light show of the synchronous and blue ghost fireflies. The four-hour-long tour will guide you on a trek through the dark forest to reach a “secret” location. This magical, intimate evening is perfect for couples looking for a romantic experience. There’s often a waitlist, so we recommend booking your spot in advance.
The Smoky Mountains are known widely for producing an array of wildflowers in the spring and summer months. But the blooms in Cataloochee Valley, in particular, are unmatched. Admire orchids, azaleas, lilies, and so much more in one of the most beautiful North Carolina settings.
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Continue the Adventure at Oak Hill on Love Lane
If you’re planning a romantic getaway with someone special, consider booking your stay at Oak Hill on Love Lane. You will love exploring everything that Waynesville, NC, has to offer. Our charming bed and breakfast near downtown Waynesville is just a 50-minute drive from Cataloochee Valley. Enjoy the stunning wilderness by day, and relax at Oak Hill by night.
Our Bobby Breese Room is the perfect setting for an intimate couple’s weekend. Your stay will be extra special with a queen-sized bed, gourmet breakfast, and seasonal fireplace. What a wonderful chance to spend quality time together! What better place to escape together than in a historic mountain town? Check our availability, and book your dreamy stay with us today.