One of the highlights of our trip was "a place of special beauty" called Cataloochee, located in the southeastern area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The road to Cataloochee is partly unpaved, narrow and one-lane with steep drop-offs and sharp curves.

Cataloochee has been referred to as Cades Cove without all the people. It is made up of 3 beautiful, isolated valleys surrounded by 6,000 foot peaks. Cataloochee boasted a population of 1200 in 1910. Much of the agriculture was devoted to apple orchards. Elk were reintroduced to the valley in 2001-2, but even though we got there at 8 AM we didn't see any deer or elk but we saw several turkeys.
For more information http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/cataloochee.htm

view of the narrow, winding 2-way road to Cataloochee

view of the narrow, winding 2-way road to Cataloochee

Scenic overlook near the valley

Scenic overlook near the valley

Spectacular views of the "smoky" mountains from the overlook

Spectacular views of the "smoky" mountains from the overlook

Panorama

Panorama