We left the Blue Ridge Parkway in Maggie Valley and headed north toward I-40 on Route 276. Just two miles south of I-40 we turned onto Cove Creek Road having been warned that the road to Cataloochee Valley is a winding, gravel road that has some steep drop offs with no guard rails. After eleven miles of winding roads over the mountain we arrived in the Cataloochee Valley.
Before long we came upon a large open meadow area and saw several dozen cars stopped along the roadway. Sure enough there was a male elk standing out in the open keeping his eye on several females not too far away. (Of course I had forgotten the camera with the good zoom lens!)
Of course the females were ignoring him completely as they munched on the fresh grass.
|The Caldwell Place -- built 1903
|Barn at the Caldwell Place
In addition to the elk we saw dozens of wild turkeys. Cataloochee is indeed a beautiful place.