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Terrain Parks - Cataloochee 

Riders Guide

The Great Smoky Mountains are famous for a lot of things such as abundant and diverse wildlife, some of the country's best hiking, the highest peaks in the whole Appalachian Range, rich Native American history as well as some interesting antebellum and Civil War history. The top elevation is 5,400 feet and there is an exhilarating vertical drop of more than 740 feet. There are 12 named runs, 25% beginner, 50% intermediate, and 25% are advanced. The mountain only receives an average of 40” of snow each year, but proudly boasts one of the most advanced and efficient snow-making systems in the East. Additionally, its slopes and terrain parks are open at night.

Parks and Pipes 

There are two complete terrain parks at Cataloochee, one is great for beginners new to park riding and freestyle skiing, while the other has an impressive array of bigger manmade and natural features. The Cat Cage Terrain Park offers plenty of thrills with ramps, rails, boxes and jibs. Additionally there are snow guns that specifically service these two areas all winter, which means that conditions will be ideal and perfect for shredding. The park’s creation team work incredibly hard to build, shape and maintain the features all winter.

Out of Bounds

There is a snowtubing park located at Cataloochee which is open during the day and at night. There is also a great PSIA certified ski and snowboard school which is perfect for all ability levels. The beginner snowboarding school takes children from aged 8. Also nearby is the town of Asheville, which is a wonderful place to visit in the evenings or as a day trip off the mountain.

Hangout & Hookup

There is only one bar located slop side and the après scene is really not much to speak of since Cataloochee is so family focused. However, visitors would do well to head to nearby Asheville. The town has a thriving and fun nightlife, with great live music and an active bar scene. Music enthusiasts will love the Orange Peel Social Aid and Pleasure Club in downtown Asheville, which was recently awarded on Rolling Stone’s list of top five live music venues in the entire nation.

The Deal

Maggie Valley is conveniently located on Interstate 40 between Asheville, NC and Knoxville, TN. Take exit 20 and follow 276 South. Make a right at 19 South. Once in Maggie Valley make a right at the Cataloochee sign.Those coming from Atlanta and other points south- take Route 441 North then take US 23 to Waynesville. At Waynesville take US 276 North to Maggie Valley. At the intersection with US 19, take 19 South to Cataloochee sign.