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<em>Smoky Mountain Magic</em>

Smoky Mountain Magic

SMOKY MOUNTAIN MAGIC--Horace Kephart's fictional adventure set in the Deep Creek watershed, Cherokee Indian Reservation, and Bryson City in the summer of 1925. Written in 1929 and never before published. The original manuscript was passed down for 3 generations recently surfaced during the park's 75th anniversary celebration. "What better topic than a journey into a forbidden realm, complete with witches, robber barons, noble savages and a winsome lady, all wrapped in a cloak of mystery and myth?" asks reviewer Gary Carden. Kephart is featured in Ken Burn's PBS series on our national parks. He is the author of "Our Southern Highlanders", "Cherokees of the Smokies", and "Camping and Woodcraft". Available in hardcover and softcover. Read More >


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  • Cataloochee Self-Guiding Auto Tour Booklet

    This handy booklet is keyed to landmarks on the road of one of the parks more remote historic areas. Filled with lots of information and illustrated with historic black and white photographs.

  • Cataloochee and Clingmans Dome Waterproof National Geographic Map

    Waterproof National Geographic map of the Clingmans Dome and Cataloochee areas of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. GPS compatibile, full UTM Grid. Durable and tear-resistant. Includes detailed stream-crossing information.

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park Elk Cap

    Elk are back in the Smokies and we couldn't be any more excited! Bulls with majestic antlers and playful calves are now a common sight in Cataloochee Valley. Celebrate with us by wearing this soft yet sturdy 100% cotton green with a brown bill cap. Velcro strap on back guarantees a perfect fit. Great Smoky Mountains Association has donated $20,000 to the elk reintroduction experiment this year. Your purchases make this possible.

Cataloochee Valley is one of the most beautiful areas of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  it is also one of the most undeveloped.  It is home to most of the elk in the park.  Access to the area is on a challenging road, so be advised.

65 miles fron Gatlinburg, 39 miles from Cherokee, 87 miles from Townsend.

caldwell house by gaylord kugle

Caldwell House by Gaylord Kugle

Native American were the first people to visit this beautiful valley.  White settlers arrived in the early 1800s.

Elk bugling by Gary Wilson

Elk bugling by Gary Wilson

Cataloochee Valley

Cataloochee Valley

Cataloochee Points of Interest:

  • Will Messer Barn 
  • Palmer Chapel
  • Beech Grove School
  • Caldwell House
  • Woody House
  • Palmer House

Little Cataloochee Area

  • Hannah Cabin
  • Little Cataloochee Church
  • Cook Cabin
  • Messer Farm