Where to view Elk in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Military Travel Mom and dad

Estes Park Sept 2006 149

There are a little over 100 North American Manitoban Elk in the park.  They live in a very small area of the park, unlike the deer that can be viewed throughout.  The released Elk are wearing tracking collars so they can collect data.

We found last year the best place to view them was on the North Carolina side in the Cataloochee section right next to Maggie Valley.  You will see them in large fields and around building in the area.  Take exit 20 off of I-40 and go .2 miles and turn right onto Cove Creek Road.  It is about 11 miles to Cataloochee Valley.  It is marked so no fear of missing it.  You will need to drive about 5 miles on a very narrow gravel road, no room to turn around.  Remember if there is a lot of snow this road isn’t plowed.  You can also see…

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