Beautiful drive through Cataloochee Valley near Maggie Valley, NC.
Definitely worth the winding drive over the mountain
The Cataloochee Valley is a beautiful day trip with many pull-offs along Cataloochee Creek and the open fields that the majestic elk now call home. Once common in this area the elk were wiped out due to over hunting. They were reintroduced to the valley in 2001 and now there are a couple hundred in the area and are migrating into other parts of the Smokey Mountains as their population continues to grow.
We took the opportunity to collect a couple frozen treats from a beautiful cascade of icicles along our route.
One curious young buck was checking vehicles out as they slowly crept by.
The Caldwell Place home is a beautiful example of some of the historic sites along the Cataloochee valley.