Little Cataloochee

Waynesville, North Carolina

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Few hikes in the Smokies offer a cultural experience as rewarding as this one. In Little Cataloochee you’ll find restored cabins, cemeteries, rock walls and foundations, old metal and ceramic artifacts scattered about, and the highlight of the hike for many, Little Cataloochee Church perched on a knoll. It’s impossible to walk through the cove without wondering about life before the park was established. Unlike neighboring “Big” Cataloochee Valley, and Cades Cove over on the Tennessee side of the park, the only way to see Little Cataloochee is on foot or horseback, which makes the experience even richer.

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"Few hikes in the Smokies offer a cultural experience as rewarding as this one. In Little Cataloochee you’ll find restored cabins, cemeteries, rock walls and foundations, old
metal and ceramic artifacts scattered about, and the highlight of the hike for many, Little Cataloochee Church perched on a knoll.

It’s impossible to walk through the cove without wondering about life before the park was established. Unlike neighboring “Big” Cataloochee Valley, and Cades Cove over on the Tennessee side of the park, the only way to see Little Cataloochee is on foot or horseback, which makes the experience even richer."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Waynesville
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5 hours
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Local Maps: Cove Creek Gap USGS quad; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Cataloochee

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May 2018