Winter in the Smoky Mountains is a magical time. The brisk mountain air, the animals basking the fields, and the streams freezing over. This time of year is a great time to view Elk. The best times to view elk are usually early morning and late evening. Elk may also be active on cloudy summer days and before or after storms. Enjoy elk at a distance, using binoculars or a spotting scope for close-up views. Approaching wildlife too closely causes them to expend crucial energy unnecessarily and can result in real harm. If you approach an animal so closely that it stops feeding, changes direction of travel, or otherwise alters its behavior, you are too close! Be sure to book your cabin getaway so you are in the middle of the action with Bear Camp Cabin Rentals.