Cataloochee Valley is located in The Great Smokey Mountain National Park. It is in a remote and rugged mountain valley with limited access that includes narrow winding unpaved roads. In the second half of the 1800’s this was the site of a well developed settlement which was centered on farming. A number of buildings from this period have been preserved in the national park.
We traveled the mountain roads primarily to see the beautiful country in full fall colors and to hopefully see some of the elk that have been reintroduced into the area. The road trip was exciting but certainly not dangerous and the views of the mountains and valleys were alone worth the trip. There are many streams to fish in and trails to hike. Some of these trails are not for the faint of heart.
We were also lucky to catch a large portion of the elk herd grazing in an open meadow while enroute to see some of the old settlement buildings.
It was a great way to spend a sunny fall day in North Carolina.