Tours provide an in-depth, personally guided excursion with Certified Master Naturalist Esther Blakely, who focuses on the natural and cultural history of the Valley and the Smokies, with an emphasis on the elk reintroduction. Cataloochee Valley is steeped in history, laced with abundant wildflowers, and rich with wildlife including elk, white-tailed deer, black bears, butterflies and many species of birds like cedar waxwings, indigo buntings and ruffed grouse. While this special place is not easy to get to, it's hard to forget. If you want to venture here, Cataloochee Valley Tours will take you in comfort. Our goal is to provide you with an in-depth personal nature experience that is sure to be the highlight of your trip to the Smokies.