35 miles from Asheville, Cataloochee is very easy to find. Take
exit 23 in Interstate 40. The Cove Creek Road exit is also the exit
for RT. 276. Turn right on Cove Creek Road as soon as you exit the
interstate. Follow Cove Creek Road for seven miles to the park entrance.
Beware of precipitous drop offs and the absence of a shoulder in
most sections of the road. Many cars have plunged off of the edge.
Once in the park it is another 5 miles until you reach the paved
road. As you enter the paved section, the road to the right has
a sign that shows Mt. Sterling to be 20 miles. Take this branch
to go to "Little Cataloochee". Continue to the left on
the paved road to reach "Big Cataloochee". Be sure to
stop at the first parking area on the right to take in the view
of this remote valley.