Evening Elk Eco-Tours
Cataloochee Valley Tours
5:15 PM to 9:15 PM
Call 828-450-7985 or
The tour lasts approximately 4 hours. If you are staying locally in Waynesville or Maggie Valley, your naturalist guide will pick you up at your hotel or inn, otherwise we arrange for a convenient meeting location.
This tour explores the natural and cultural history of Cataloochee Valley and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with an emphasis on the elk reintroduction.
Your guide will lead you on a 1/2 mile round-trip hike that requires crossing a narrow log footbridge over a creek. On this hike you will discover the how, when, where and why the elk were reintroduced to the Smokies. The trail is somewhat rocky, wide with a slight incline and sometimes wet. We recommend wearing comfortable closed toe shoes.
You will enjoy refreshments along with time for wildlife viewing and then capping the evening off with the sunset overlooking the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains.
Tours operate rain or shine.
Visit cataloocheevalleytours.com for more information.
Park Cautions Visitors on How to Safely View Elk
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials remind park visitors to exercise caution as they view and photograph elk so that both the animals and themselves are protected. Elk are currently entering the fall breeding season, known as the rut. During this time period, from September 1 through October 31, fields in Cataloochee and Oconaluftee are closed to all use. Even if the elk are not present, people are not allowed to walk into the fields.
During the rut, male elk make bugling calls to challenge other bulls and attract cows. Dominant bulls use the fields to gather and breed with harems of up to 20 cows. Bull elk actively defend their territory by charging and sparring with competitors using their antlers to intimidate and spar with other males. Encroaching too close may lead a bull to perceive you or your vehicle as a threat causing them to charge.
Kellie Pickler to Headline Cherokee Indian Fair
Tue., Oct. 7 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Wed. - Fri., Oct. 8 - 10 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
In keeping with this year’s theme “Cherokee People: Our Legends and Tales,” “Elder’s Day” will be held Oct. 9. Fairgoers 59 years of age or older will be admitted free and treated to lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. Activities for the elders will include bingo, square dancing, concerts by Robert Wolfe and Soco Creek and a corn hole tournament.
The fair’s exhibit halls will be teeming with displays from agricultural, the local community, foods and crafts, veterans’ remembrance groups and Qualla Arts and Crafts Cooperative contest entries. In addition to nonstop carnival rides. There will be a fireworks show on Sat. Oct.11. Two men’s stickball games are on tap Oct. 9, along with the Junior Miss Cherokee pageant and the second round of Cherokee Idol hosted by Chris Watty.
For further information, visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/cherokee-indian-fair/
In addition to the fair, the 8th Annual Trail of Tears Memorial Walk takes place Sat. Oct. 11 at 9:30 a.m. Hosted by the Cherokee Historical Association, the walk will begin at the Cherokee Historical Association building, 564 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee. Registration fee is $10. Walkers 12 and under are free. For information: (828) 497-2111.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is a sovereign nation with more than 14,000 enrolled members and is the only federally recognized Native American tribe in North Carolina. The Eastern Band of Cherokee makes its home on the 56,600-acre Qualla Boundary in five Western North Carolina counties about an hour west of Asheville, NC and at the southern entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
41st Annual Folk School Fall Festival 2014: Oct 4 & 5
Celebrate our rich Appalachian heritage at Fall Festival. Over 200 fine craft vendors will display their work for sale. Musicians and dancers will grace the two stages with lively performances. Children's activities and delicious Festival food make this event fun for the whole family! Join us October 4 & 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily admission: $5 for adults, $3 for ages 12-17, and free for children under 12.
North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains
Smoky Mountain Host is located in Western North Carolina in the Great Smoky Mountains. Smoky Mountain Host provides Western North Carolina travel guides, family travel activities, and attractions in Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties as well as the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.
Plan your family vacation, romantic getaway, destination wedding, or a day in the wilderness with Smoky Mountain Host. You will find lodging that fits your style and budget, shops that sell everything from souvenirs to exquisite mountain crafts, and exciting outdoor adventures for everyone in the family.
Our Western North Carolina attractions include Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, The Factory, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Harrah's Casino, Oconaluftee Indian Village, John C. Campbell Folk School, Gem Mining, Golfing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Canoeing/Rafting, Snow Skiing, and Arts & Theatre. These are just a few of the adventures awaiting for you in Western North Carolina.
This website and our FREE travel guide provides information on Western North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and Waterfalls. Communities in Western North Carolina include Andrews, Asheville, Balsam, Brasstwon, Bryson City, Candler, Cashiers, Cherokee, Cullowhee, Dillsboro, Fontana Dam, Franklin, Hayesville, Highlands, Maggie Valley, Murphy, Nantahala, Otto, Robbinsville, Scaly Mountain, Sylva, Waynesville, and Whittier.