Cataloochee Valley

A valley full of historic buildings, wildlife, and beauty, this is a great family destination inside the park to see historic frame buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the newly reintroduced Elk.

Cataloochee Valley is nestled among some of the most rugged mountains in the southeastern United States. Surrounded by 6000-foot peaks, this isolated valley was one of the largest and most prosperous settlements in what is now the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Some 1,200 people lived in this lovely mountain valley in 1910. Most made their living by farming, including commercial apple growing, but an early tourism industry developed in Cataloochee with some families boarding fishermen and other tourists who wished to vacation in the mountains.  –Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Hike the Boogerman Trail on your visit to Cataloochee Valley for an amazing seven-mile loop that takes you through a tour of old growth forests and beautiful views. IF hiking is not your thing then check out the historic buildings all around or spend a day fishing!

This is one great family destination not to be overlooked when you are visiting Western North Carolina!