Cataloochee Valley

May 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

ElkElkElk in Cataloochee Valley, NC

 

Our first trip to Cataloochee Valley was grand.  I had heard of this enchanting land where there were always an abundance of wild elk roaming, and those rumors were true! 

The road to the valley was not as talked about as the valley itself, which I believe will deter most travelers.  If you plan a trip for yourself, be cautious when traveling along the old logging road as it is extremely difficult to fit two vehicles and the road does not have guard rails.  I may have clutched my "oh poo" bar the entire time up and down it, but it was certainly worth the trip.  My husband, on the other hand, refuses to return.  

Bring your small car and leave the dually trucks at home.  And when visiting, allow yourself enough time to be there in the evening.  Traveling back down the mountain is not as hazardous as coming up it, as you will be hugging the mountain as opposed to the cliff.  

ElkElkElk in Cataloochee Valley, NC

AwiequaAwiequaElk of Cataloochee Valley, NC. The Great Smoky Mountains is perfect for wildlife viewing. And is a must see national park! Elk were reintroduced into North Carolina in an attempt to conserve and repopulate areas where elk were once found in an abundance. ChewChewElk of Cataloochee Valley, NC. The Great Smoky Mountains is perfect for wildlife viewing. And is a must see national park! Elk were reintroduced into North Carolina in an attempt to conserve and repopulate areas where elk were once found in an abundance. Notice the tags and tracking collars?


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