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Smoky Mountain Elk Tour

Take a wildlife safari and capture scenic mountain views with this evening tour. Elk viewings guaranteed!

Quick Details

Tour time: Pick-up in Asheville in afternoon/evening (depends on time of sunset), tour is about 4.5 hours long

Pick-up location: Pick-up at your hotel or B&B near downtown Asheville, or a nearby convenient meeting place

Difficulty: Very easy 1/2-mile forest walk, but can be modified for Private Tours

Recommended clothing: Dress in layers for this tour; boots or sturdy tennis shoes recommended but not required

What’s provided: Transportation, hiking poles, water, snacks and a poncho in case of light rain

Availability: AVAILABLE JUST A FEW EVENINGS THIS SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER, but as a Private Tour year-round.

Tips: Never required but always appreciated!


View Elk in the Smoky Mountains, sightings guaranteed!

Available just a few Tuesdays and Thursdays this September and October, but as  a Private Tour year-round.

This tour highlights the impressive scenery and wildlife of the Smoky Mountains! Discover the famous “elk rut” when bull elk claim their harem in September and October. Your guide shares fascinating facts about elk biology and the 2001 elk reintroduction and takes to you to a special spot with stunning mountain views!

On this tour, you will also discover the history of the Cataloochee community, a scenic valley that was abandoned during the creation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cross a scenic footbridge to a historic home, view old structures once alive in a thriving community, and learn about an earlier way of rural life.

This is an evening tour that lasts about 4.5 hours and includes a very easy 1/2-mile forest walk. The drive from Asheville to the elk is approximately 50 minutes (with the last 25 minutes being scenic).

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions about your Smoky Mountain Elk Tour, but please note that we will also contact you the day before the tour to confirm meeting times and locations and answer any additional questions you may have.

Please note that in the event a tour is canceled due to heavy rain our guides will contact you directly.