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Cataloochee Valley


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.

Cataloochee Valley
One Way Mileage: 6 miles
Driving Time: 30 minutes
Location: I-40 @ US 276
Road Condition: 2-way, dead end

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.

caldwell house
Caldwell House


woody house
Woody House
Photo courtesy of Smoky Photos

fall at cataloochee valley
Fall in Cataloochee
Photo courtesy of Smoky Photos


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