CATALOOCHEE VALLEY - AN ISOLATED VALLEY
IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS
One Way Mileage: 6 miles
Driving Time: 30 minutes
Location: I-40 @ US 276
Road Condition: 2-way, dead end
Surrounded by 6,000-foot peaks, this isolated valley was the largest and most prosperous settlement in what is now Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Once known for its farms and orchards, today's Cataloochee is one of the most picturesque areas of the park. On your drive, you will see a herd of elk grazing in a field. If you like to hike, this is a good area to bring the family or hike with friends.
Other things you will see are historic structures -- homes, a schoolhouse, and a church.
From I-40, exit at North Carolina exit #20. After 0.2 mile, turn right and follow the signs 11 miles into Cataloochee Valley. To get there from Oconaluftee or Cherokee, take the Blue Ridge Parkway to Highway 19. Follow 19 (toward Asheville) through Maggie Valley. Turn left onto Highway 276 N. Just before the entrance ramp to I-40 (past gas station), turn left and follow the signs 11 more miles to Cataloochee.