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Wildlife in february

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Wildlife in february

We are going to be visiting the park in mid february. Is there any chance of seeing any wildlife at that time of year/ Also will there be snow at the lower levels?

Many thanks for any help.

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1. Re: Wildlife in february

Not much chance at seeing any bear, but the deer are plentiful year round. Might catch the elk at Cataloochee. People have been getting a glimpse of a bobcat or two now and then at Cades Cove, but that is very rare. There are songbirds that spend all year in the area.

Snow at the lower levels is hit or miss. Probably more likely in February than any other month.

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2. Re: Wildlife in february

I bet you see a squirrel.

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3. Re: Wildlife in february

Thank you. We are staying in Seveirville for 4 nights. Can you suggest some trips in the park that we can drive ,see some nice scenery and stop off for short walks. We like walking but not hiking. We are just not sure what it will be like under foot. We want to make the most of our short time here.

many thanks

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4. Re: Wildlife in february

Cades Cove.most popular auto tour in the National Park. The Little River Trail is an easy stroll in Elkmont. Old railroad bed, so it's easy. Middle Prong Trail in Tremont is a really nice little nature walk. Watch for "quiet walkways" signs along the roadsides within the park. They are short walks that simply get you away from traffic.

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5. Re: Wildlife in february

We have had a very mild winter (so far) but February is the month with most likely snowfall based on historical averages at lower elevations such at Gatlinburg, Cades Cove, Townsend areas. At higher elevations, most snowfall occurs in Feb and Mar, and always a possibility there will be snow in these months. For widllife, get an early start around the Cades Cove 11 mile loop. Sightings of deer and turkey are almost assured. The bears will still be in their dens with rare exception. Sugarland visitor center about 2 miles inside the Gatlinburg entrance to the park has a very nice park museum. A nice loop would be to head into Pigeon Forge, take traffic light # 3 "Wears Valley Road" and travel about 14 miles to Townsend. Enter the Park and head up to Cades Cove for the morning. Then back along river road approx 25 miles to Gatlinburg. A nice stop would be at the little greenbriar school - built in the 1880s and used up into the 1930s. Parking nearby and just a short walk to the school house. Farther along river road you will find the trail to Laurel Falls and nearby the parking area for one of several 'quiet walkways' in the park. Then make a stop at the Sugarland visitor center and complete the loop back to Severiville. Have a great trip.

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6. Re: Wildlife in february

Thank you so much for your help - exactly what i was looking for.

Much appreciated. We are so looking forward to our trip.

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7. Re: Wildlife in february

Sorry, but if it is chilly the wildlife tend to keep hidden. Your best bet to see wildlife is at dawn and on top of the mountain in seclusion. Ever now and then, a driver is lucky enough to see an elk or deer from the mountain road. To be able to take photos and actually WATCH the animals, you need to be on foot in the park away from loud tourist.

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8. Re: Wildlife in february

CapitalN - at 9:15 AM in Cades Cove this morning, it was 26 degrees (F) under a cloudless, crystal blue sky and to the East the sun was just peeking up over Thuderhead Mountain beginning to bring warmth to the fields. There were 62 wild turkeys sighted around the 11 mile Cades Cove loop, both Toms and hens and about 20 of those were seen in their usual location right at the beginning of the loop road in the field to the left. We also saw 49 whitetail deer - mostly does and many were yearlings born last Spring. Three of the 49 were bucks - they haven't dropped their horns yet this winter - all were 8 point. One was seen just acros the road from the John Oliver Cabin parking area - he was about 15 feet on the othe side of the fence, so about 20 fet total from my truck and quite the camera hog. Another was seen in the field behind the Cable Mill visitor area, also near the fence, this one about 50 feet away. The third was spotted out in a field near the tree line so binoculars would heve been helpful to see him better. Don't forget your camera.

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9. Re: Wildlife in february

Thank you for that description - perfect. We are so excited now to be visiting. I thought perhaps at this time of year there would be not much to see apart from the scenery of course.

Is there snow on the ground at the lower levels?

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10. Re: Wildlife in february

You're also pretty sure of seeing elk just past the visitors center, on the left, heading heading into Cherokee N.C.

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