Elk Viewing

Photo Tours

We’re really excited to once again be offering our seasonal Elk Viewing Photo Tour! (With Waterfalls Option)

Asheville Elk and Waterfall Tour

Need a guide near Asheville to help you find the elk in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? We’re offering just that! We currently have a 100% success rate in finding the elk!

For our private Half-Day Elk Viewing Photo Tour, we’ve put together a trip that takes you about an hour west of Asheville out to Great Smoky Mountain National Park to see the elk herds in the scenic valley near the Tennessee border. Everyone seems to really love this tour. Our Elk & Waterfall tours are very adventurous and sure to please!

We know when and where to find the elk, we can get you (safely) close to the animals, and we’ll make sure you have the right settings to capture the elk!

In addition to the elk, if you’re interested, you can include the “Elk and Waterfall” option, which extends the trip to six hours vs three and a half, and includes visiting two waterfalls before or after we see the elk. Please note that this involves an extra hour and a half of driving to include the waterfalls.

  • We know when and where to find the elk
  • We can get you close (safely) to the animals!
  • We’ll make sure you have the right settings to capture the elk!
Cataloochee Elk Tour

What we’ll cover on this tour:

  • The best settings to use for wildlife
  • The best settings to use for landscape photography
  • Composition techniques

And for the waterfalls option: 

  • Long exposure settings for getting smooth, silky waterfall effects
  • Additional waterfall photography techniques
  • What filters to use and why

Tour Information: 

3.5 hours total  |  $130/person

Hiking: from no hiking to 1 mile

What’s included: Water, snacks, and private transportation.

Ages: 10+

Driving: 2 – 3.5 hours, depending on whether we visit waterfalls.

Start Time: 2.5 hours before sunset, 5 hours before sunset for Waterfalls option.

Hiking: options that include no hiking to 1 mile or less.

Pickup: We are happy to pick you up from your location and return you at the conclusion of your tour. Please check Pickup during checkout if you’d like us to pick you up! We will call you the morning of our tour together to iron out the exact details! For COVID-related safety concerns, we can also caravan if you prefer.