cataloochee valley

Cataloochee Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cataloochee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Cataloochee Overlook
The Cataloochee Overlook

Cataloochee is located on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Although it takes a little extra effort to get there, the rewards of visitation far outweigh the inconvenience of driving across the Cataloochee Divide on a narrow unpaved twisting access road.

As you work your way into the valley, the road suddenly transforms into a two-lane paved thoroughfare. The first should be the Cataloochee Overlook. From here you can see a vast area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Take a moment to reflect on the first pioneers that looked upon this rugged land and were determined to make this place their home, Continue reading

Cataloochee in the early morning

Beautiful Cataloochee in the early morning. You can get there early or if you are one of the lucky ones you can camp overnight in the valley!