01/11/2012 07:45 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Cataloochee Valley Social (VIDEO)

The Cataloochee Valley hides in a secluded corner of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A few historical structures dot the landscape as reminders of the once thriving community that existed here. Due to it's relative solitude, no paved roads service the valley.

The main population here is Elk, 25 of which were introduced in 2001. Though they had been absent in the valley since the mid-1700s, the Elk readapted well to the forest and are slowly expanding into other areas of the park. Vivid colors and bugling Elk make fall an excellent time to visit.