On our drive around the Cade's Cove we saw or encountered 2 coyotes, 3 bears, several deer and turkeys. A small mamma and her cub came out of the woods and crossed the road right in front of us near the Cable Mill interpretive area. Further along the road, we saw a lone male (probably) crossing a field (last picture).
On our way to Cade's Cove with Henry and Jane Smith, we stopped at the Townsend "WYE" to have a picnic lunch. Also the river bank we encountered an impromptu sculpture garden, created with stacked river stones. Enchanting!
Hatfield Knob Elk Viewing Tower, North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area: From LaFollette, TN, drive about 7 miles north on Hwy 25W. Turn left at the signs onto a gravel road. Continue on this old logging road 4.5 miles, following the signs to the Elk Viewing Tower. From the parking lot, walk another 1/4 mile to the viewing tower. These elk roam freely, not fenced on 120,000 acres of abandoned strip mine land. We saw about 35, 4 bulls and several calves and the rest cows or yearlings.