Smoky Mountain Auto Tours: Cataloochee Valley

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Cataloochee Valley

Cataloochee Valley nestles among the most rugged peaks in the southeastern United States. Surrounded by 6,000-foot mountains, this isolated valley was the largest and most prosperous settlement in what is now the Park. Once known for its farms and orchards, today’s Cataloochee is one of the Smokies’ most picturesque areas. Few people visit this beautiful valley, but spectacular rewards await those who do. Along with preserved houses, churches, and farm buildings, Cataloochee offers extraordinary views of the surrounding mountains and is also known for its dense wildlife populations.

Cataloochee is open year round. Access is via a long and winding gravel road from Hartford, TN or by Cove Creek Road (mostly gravel) near Dellwood, NC. A paved road runs though Cataloochee Valley. RVs up to 32 feet can stay at the campground.