Your North Carolina Link to the
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Directions to Cataloochee:

(Coming from the east)
I-40 West
Take Exit #20 (Cataloochee Exit)
Bear Right and go Under Over Pass
Take First Immediate Right
Continue Down the Paved road, following "Cataloochee Camp Ground" signs
Stay to the Right (at one point, the road will "Y")
Road becomes gravel, and very narrow...proceed UP mountain with caution
After reaching summit, proceed down same gravel/narrow road
At the base of the mountain, road bears to the left and becomes paved again
Follow to the end, passing Cataloochee Camp ground on the left and the White Ranger House on the right
Road "Dead Ends" in Cataloochee
Elk are generally between the Ranger's House and the "Dead End".

Best times to view are Sunrise-2 hours after sunrise and 2 hours before sunset-Sunset.

Visitors should be aware that elk can be dangerous, particularly in the fall. Bulls become aggressive as they enter the mating season. This is also when you may hear them bugling to attract cows and challenge other bulls. Cows can become very protective if you should get between them and their calves.

It is illegal to use elk bugles or other wildlife calls.

Signs have been posted telling people not to approach the elk.

View the elk from a distance using binoculars or other telephoto devices. If the elk are near the road, please remain in your vehicle.

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