Welcome to Cataloochee Valley
Tucked in a far-flung corner of the park, deep in the mountains of western North Carolina, Cataloochee feels untamed. It takes an edge-of-your-seat drive to get here, elk and turkey strut around like they own the place and stories of hermits and wild men give the woods a spooky edge. But it wasn't always so. In 1910 the community – comprising Big Cataloochee and Little Cataloochee – was the largest settlement in the Smokies, with 1251 citizens. Farming, apple production and tourism kept the economy buzzing right up until the late 1920s, when folks heard rumors that the park was moving in. Today historic buildings and lush meadows line Cataloochee Rd in Big Cataloochee Valley, which could double as a safari park with all the wildlife roaming between its 6000ft-high peaks. Over Noland Mountain lies Little Cataloochee Valley, where the sights can only be explored by foot or horseback.