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Cataloochee Valley Tours

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49 Fancy Ln, Waynesville, NC 28785-9321
+1 828-450-7985
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Excellent tours

We have been on two of their tours. Elk tour in the fall and now synchronised fireflies in the... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago
tym568
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Durham, North Carolina
Amazing Experience with Fireflies

One of the best tour experiences I’ve experienced. Great time, beautiful location and perfect... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Kasi R
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Cataloochee Valley Tours...The Best Kept Secret in the Smokies!Let our naturalist take you on a guided eco-tour to one of the best kept secrets in the Great Smoky Mountains-Cataloochee Valley. Cataloochee Valley is one of those special places that is not easy to get to, but hard to forget. If you want to venture there, Cataloochee Valley Tours will take you there in comfort. Note: Reservations are required, as we do not have a store front.
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“elk tour” (50 reviews)
“firefly tour” (23 reviews)
“eco tour” (13 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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49 Fancy Ln, Waynesville, NC 28785-9321
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+1 828-450-7985
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"highlight of our trip"
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"national park"
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"wild turkeys"
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"highly recommend this tour"
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"their natural habitat"
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"fire flies"
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"once in a lifetime"
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"her husband"
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"bucket list"
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"amazing experience"
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"great tour"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been on two of their tours. Elk tour in the fall and now synchronised fireflies in the early summer. Both were excellent- Esther, Tim and other tour guides are very knowledgeable about the area and share that knowledge freely. We would highly recommend...More

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We truly believe that there is no better compliment than that of a repeat guest...thank you! We appreciate your detailed review and high recommendation!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best tour experiences I’ve experienced. Great time, beautiful location and perfect combination of fun and educational information.

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Kasi: Your review brings great big smiles to our entire firefly tour team...thank you! We love that you had an "amazing experience with the fireflies!" We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your tour experience.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spend an enchanted evening with Team Esther and Tim! Esther provides a delightful opening session that introduces the visitors to fireflies and their behavior, then you are driven to the "secret" viewing area to observe the fireflies. Once there, you exit the vehicles, all lights...More

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Diana: Thank you kindly for this lovely review. I particularly love how you describe the firefly show as a "synchronized ballet!" Thanks too for recognizing our genuine conservation efforts which plays a key role in all of our tours, but especially for these little...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Professional and knowledgeable guides, with first class transportation. Unfortunately, Mother Nature does not always cooperate.As a synchronous firefly tour, it was only so-so. In all fairness, it was close to the end of their mating season and I guess they were pretty tired (Fireflies that...More

1  Thank Scotty D
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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Scotty: Thank you for taking the time to share your tour experience. We appreciate all your kind words and candor.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Years ago I saw footage on the news about the synchronized fireflies in North Carolina. I put it in the back of my mind until now when I could do something about it. This was worth the wait list. The magic of the flashing patterns,...More

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Well said..."too magical for words!" We are happy that your patience on our firefly tour wait list was rewarded! Thank you for your kind words in this great review.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Incredible experience! Esther takes care of you from the moment you express an interest in her tours until the last cookie gets eaten. Well organized, passionate about her subject, well versed about the amazing fireflies, great (secret) location (even the ride there was fun and...More

Thank Laurie S
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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Laurie: You made our whole "wonderful" firefly team smile with your line "from the moment you express an interest in the tour, until the last cookie eaten." It was such a pleasure having you both on tour celebrating your anniversary! Thanks for this awesome...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My mother and me attended to the synchronous fireflies tour this June and it was wonderful. Esther is such a competent, efficient, thoughtful, knowledgeable, sweet person. She went the extra mile to make the tour the most comfortable possible for my mom, and we truly...More

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Alojeria: Thank you for bringing your sweet mother from Spain to experience the "magical fireflies!" It was a joyful for all of us to hear you translate to her and then in the international language of love...we all knew what she was saying. Thank...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the best money spent! Most organized tour I have ever been on. Esther and her team are incredible. Very informative and passionate about what they are doing. Trust me, don’t try to get tickets through the lottery do this tour!

Thank Jill F
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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Jill: I am just going to say that we LOVE every sentence of your review and we cannot thank you enough for taking the time to write it!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An experience of a lifetime. Esther and Tim are very personable and take very good care of you. They are very safety conscious and environmentally aware. They are very knowledgeable on the fireflies and are able to answer all questions. They make sure you have...More

Thank Shelley B
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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Shelley: We thank you kindly for sharing your firefly tour experience and absolutely love hearing that it was "an experience of a lifetime" for you.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What a wonderful, magical, amazing experience -- Esther's passion is evident throughout the evening, she cares about her guests and helps everyone be respectful and careful of a part of nature seen only by a few lucky individuals. The fireflies are simply breathtaking. A zen...More

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Esther B, Owner at Cataloochee Valley Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

"A great experience from beginning to end." That is a description we love to hear...thank you for this wonderful review!

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jahnaynay
March 1, 2018|
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Response from Esther B | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest in Cataloochee Valley Tours...The Best Kept Secret in the Smokies. Our elk eco-tours do require some mobility to get in/out of our Cadillac Escalade tour vehicle and we do go on 2 short... More
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npral
November 5, 2017|
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Hello: Thank you for your interest in Cataloochee Valley Tours...The Best Kept Secret in the Smokies! We would love to take you on tour. We currently have availability for 2 persons on Saturday, November 11th. Tour time... More
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Cindie62
November 1, 2017|
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Thank you for your interest in Cataloochee Valley Tours! Unfortunately, we do not have any availability today. Our tours are small and private and we book up quickly. We hope you will try again in the future. Esther B... More
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