Little Cataloochee Historic Hike

Waynesville, North Carolina

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The secluded hike to Little Cataloochee Church is a trip back in time. Start at a remote trailhead, tracing an old road. Pass a preserved historic cabin on your undulating trek into the Little Cataloochee valley, where the pioneer community of Ola once stood. Explore Ola to see homesites and evidence of the past. Finally, climb a hill to bucolic Little Cataloochee Church, built in the 1800s and still maintained. Many parts of what later became Great Smoky Mountains National Park were settled and owned by ancestors of first pioneers who cleared off fertile valleys in this back of beyond, then established communities and cultivated a way of life that has long since faded away. However, the very establishment of the national park that threw these people off their land preserved relics of this North Carolina pioneer past. And in very few places it is better preserved than in the Smokies. This network of valleys draining mile-high mountains was first settled in the 1830s.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

The secluded hike to Little Cataloochee Church is a trip back in time. Start at a remote trailhead, tracing an old road. Pass a preserved historic cabin on your undulating trek into the Little Cataloochee valley, where the pioneer community of Ola once stood. Explore Ola to see homesites and evidence of the past. Finally, climb a hill to bucolic Little Cataloochee Church, built in the 1800s and still maintained.

Many parts of what later became Great Smoky Mountains National Park were settled and owned by ancestors of first pioneers who cleared off fertile valleys in this back of beyond, then established communities and cultivated a way of life that has long since faded away. However, the very establishment of the national park that threw these people off their land preserved relics of this North Carolina pioneer past. And in very few places it is better preserved than in the Smokies. This network of valleys draining mile-high mountains was first settled in the 1830s.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Waynesville
Distance: 4.0
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 Park Headquarters Rd., Gatlinburg, TN 37738, (865) 436-1200, nps.gov/grsm
Local Maps: Great Smoky Mountains National Park; USGS Cove Creek Gap
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Cataloochee Historic Hike

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Apr 2018