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CATALOOCHEE VALLEY

hotel motel in Maggie Valley in the Smoky Mountains near the Blue Ridge Parkway

Cataloochee Valley nestles among the most rugged peaks in the southeastern United States. Surrounded by 6,000-foot mountains, this isolated valley was the largest and most prosperous settlement in what is now the Park. Once known for its farms and orchards, today's Cataloochee is one of the Smokies' most picturesque areas. Few people visit this beautiful valley, but spectacular rewards await those who do.

Along with preserved houses, churches, and farm buildings, Cataloochee offers extraordinary views of the surrounding mountains. It is also known for its dense wildlife populations.

Cataloochee is open year round. Access is via a long and winding gravel road from Hartford, TN or by Cove Creek Road (mostly gravel) near Dellwood, North Carolina. A paved road runs though Cataloochee Valley. RVs up to 32 feet can stay at the campground
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HIKING TRAILS

Cataloochee Divide - 11.5 miles, moderate.  This trail, which forms the southeast boundary of the GSMNP, runs along the ridge from Cove Creek Gap to Paul's Gap.  There is an access road from either end of the trail.

Caldwell Fork - 5.8 miles, moderate.  At the junction of the gravel and paved Cataloochee road, turn left to the ranger station and campgrounds.  Several creeks cross this trail.

Pretty Hollow Gap - 4 miles, strenuous, 2,190 foot elevation chage.  Starts at the gate by the bridge before the historic schoolhouse.  Climbs Mt. Sterling Trail and junctions with Swallow Fork Trail.

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