Another not so wordless weekend ... the Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

Palmer Chapel in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Richard WeisserIt's a strange irony that one of the most beautiful areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is also one of the least visited. Although it's a bit out of the way, The Cataloochee Valley rewards visitors with excellent vistas, historic buildings, and abundant wildlife.

Located entirely in the state of North Carolina, settlers came to this place in the early 19th Century for its seclusion and fertile bottom lands. Many lived their entire lives without ever crossing the divide for a glimpse of the outside world.

Since the inception of the Park in the late 1930's, much of the area was left to return to its natural state.  Only a limited number of historic structures remain, including two churches and a few houses and cabins. It takes several days to explore the entire valley so you might want to stay in the Cataloochee Campground for the complete Smoky Mountain experience!

Caldwell Barn and footlog in Cataloochee by Richard Weisser

The Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Richard Weisser

Elk in Cataloochee by Richard Weisser

Photos from top cpurtesy of SmokyPhotos:
Palmer Chapel and Ground, Caldwell Barn with footlog, Base of the Cataloochee Overlook, Bull Elk

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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

These look like autumn photos.  I can't wait to get some spring phots.  Mountain Laurel, Dogwoods, naturilzed Daffodils, etc., will be in blossom soon.  I have tulips about 4 inches out of the ground.


Feb 28, 2009 12:11 AM #1
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Richard..I'm with Lenn, I have seen enough snow for a while..some green  growth would be nice. But you take beautiful photos no matter the season.

Feb 28, 2009 12:16 AM #2
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Hmmm .... I did a post about Spring wildflowers in the Park a week or two ago ... I might do more spring stiff later in the week! I needed something for my Smoky Mountain outside blog and this is all my feeble mind could conjure!


Yeah, I guess I could have gone in that direction! THX

Feb 28, 2009 12:20 AM #3
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Richard, personally I like the less visited places. They are apt to more remain the way we all want them ~ beautiful. Gorgeous photos as always.

Feb 28, 2009 12:32 AM #4
Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner

Looks a lot like the hills here in Virginia! Thanks for the great post!

your friend in Charlottesville Virginia!

Feb 28, 2009 12:37 AM #5
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


This is the opposite of Cades Cove, which is also in the park. The traffic in Cades Cove can be as bad as Atlanta during rush hour, while Cataloochee allows free movement. It's our favorite spot in the Park!


As well it should, as all were caused during the same great continental collision! Thanks, as always for the comment!

Feb 28, 2009 12:47 AM #6
Connie Lou Barnett
Real Living/Home Realty - Owensboro, KY

Beautiful phots reminds me of Kentucky.

Feb 28, 2009 12:49 AM #7
Melody Botting
Broker Associate PenFed Realty - San Antonio, TX
You Deserve The Best

It sounds like a great place for a picnic and R&R.

Feb 28, 2009 01:09 AM #8
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor


Areas like this are truly beautiful in any season. I'll have to try that campground. :)


Feb 28, 2009 01:11 AM #9
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Richard:  Absolutely beautiful.  Love the little white church nestled among the color of the changing leaves. 

Feb 28, 2009 01:12 AM #10
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I saw the one with spring flowers.  I may not have commented because it reminded me of how much longer I have to wait than folks in Georgia.

Feb 28, 2009 01:45 AM #11
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

Richard - this has been on our list of 'gotta see' parks since we moved down here in November.  Your photos have me wanting to pack a bad right now!  :)  The mountains of the eastern US are so beautiful and full of little surprise places like this.  Thanks for sharing!

Feb 28, 2009 01:48 AM #12
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

My parents are in North Carolina I'll look it up it might be a nice place to visit.

Feb 28, 2009 01:54 AM #13
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Breaking out the mountain pictures again, soon I'll be wanting to take a trip.

Feb 28, 2009 02:52 AM #14
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Beautiful piece on the Smokies. Is this where Smoky the Bear lives? :)

Feb 28, 2009 03:50 AM #15
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana

Richard I have only been on the edge of the park a couple of times.  One day maybe I will go through the park.

Feb 28, 2009 06:44 AM #16
Claude Cross
Homes By Cross, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Homes For Sale

As a trout fisherman I have combed over this area. Any honey holes you can dilvulge

Feb 28, 2009 08:45 AM #17
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

I have never been there, but your Post shows just how many wonderful places there are to see.  I absolutely love your photos.

Mar 01, 2009 02:17 AM #18
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

Beautiful photos, as always! I've been here for 5 years now, and have yet to explore these Smokey mountains...I'll have to do some planning. Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

Mar 01, 2009 08:53 AM #19
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