Elk having fun in Cataloochee Valley

Elk play just like we did as kids. We caught these Elk antics, worth a look…

We caught these Elk antics, worth a look…

Two Hundred years ago these wild creatures roamed unabated in these areas of the

Caldwell House, Cataloochee Valley. One of the few protected homes of a time past. Bob Grytten Photo

Great Smoky Mountain National Park near Waynesville, NC. Indians hunted them, settlers came and hunted them to extinction. About ten years ago, they were reintroduced to the Cataloochee Valley. Today a thriving herd of Elk lives amongst the restored homes, the old church, school and outbuildings. And they are a photographers’ delight.

The local photography organization Lens Luggers Photographic Association, provides personal trips into the area, but be prepared to depart Waynesville at 6AM for half day trips. Contact Bob Grytten for more information at bobgry@aol.con

Camping is also available in Cataloochee Valley. Twenty Seven non electric sites are along the river and off water. Advance registration is required (1-877-444-6777).

There are also campgrounds available on Rt 276 and many motels and hotels in Maggie Valley, NC or Waynesville, NC

For additional information about the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and updates to the Elk population go to http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm.

 

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