21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Elk at Cabin

We were walking through the Mountain Farm Village at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center at Great Smoky Mountains National Park at just before closing when we suddenly had a herd of elk visit us. The elk passed through the village sampling the grass along the way. At dusk they routinely travel from the forest out into the lawn of the visitor center, and on this day right through the village itself. There were several cows with their yearlings in the herd; about ten elk.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2023
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Cherokee, North Carolina, United States of America
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX540 HS