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Cataloochee Ranch


The 950-acre Cataloochee Ranch is at an elevation of 4,900 - 5,640 feet adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and all the flora and fauna that the national park has to offer. The property has open pasture with much wildlife edge, small streams, small pond, rocky outcroppings, dense understory and a few bog areas. Sweet Birch, Yellow Birch and temperate southern highland forest are found on the property. The site is an area that has Migratory Warblers in the Spring.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Crossbills (Spring and Summer), Ruby Throat Hummingbirds, Pine Siskin, Summer Tanager, Ravens, Downy Woodpeckers, Cedar Waxwings, Northern Parulas, Canada Warblers, rare Swainson's Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Northern Flickers, Indigo Buntings, House Wrens, Rose Breasted Grosbeak, Chestnut-Sided Warbler, Black Throated Blue Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Scarlet Tanager.


spruce-fir forest, bogs/wetlands, northern hardwood/cove forest, oak forest & mixed hardwood/pine, rocky outcrop, early successional, river/stream/creek

Special Features/Concerns

An Annual Spring Bird Migratory Weekend is offered either in late-April or Mid-May. Cataloochee Ranch has been certified as a ""Birder Friendly Business"" since August 16, 2010. Self-guided and customized guided tours are available. Birders must check in at main desk to register to be on property, for information and site map. Horseback riding is available. The horse trails are not conducive to birding from 9:30am-4:30pm. Pets are not permitted.

Access and Parking

The hours of operation are 7:30am-dusk. Parking is available at main ranch house. There are 100 parking spaces and includes handicapped parking. Spaces for camper/oversized vehicles are available in the large parking lot across from the horse barn.


Drive three (3) miles on Fie Top Road off US 19 South in Maggie Valley towards Cherokee, NC. Fie Top Road is approximately 12 miles from I-40 on US-19 South going towards Cherokee, NC in Maggie Valley. This site is on the way to Cataloochee Ski Area, but 1 mile before you get the ski area on the same road, Fie Top. Cataloochee Ranch entrance will be to your right when you come to the top of the mountain and the road turns to gravel.

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