From I-40 eastbound, turn on Hwy 276. Follow the small signs to Cataloochee. Narrow and crooked road, but beautiful.
The elk population ruts each September, and the bulls put on quite a display.
Cataloochee is part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The elk were re-introduced by the Friends of the Smokies as an experimental release, and the program has worked well, with an increase in the herd every year.