Maggie Valley is a part of Haywood County, known as the Gateway to the Smokies. It’s located right in the center of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the most visited parks in the national park system. As you can imagine, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a haven for wildlife. Over the years, locals and experts have noted the most common places to view the wildlife in fine Maggie Valley, NC, weather. By “fine weather,” we mean a day with no snow storms, heavy rains, etc. Since it’s located in western NC, Maggie Valley often has snow in the winter months and that is no reason not to enjoy yourself, because roads are usually cleared quickly. Reference our list of great places to check the Maggie Valley, NC, weather forecast and any road closures before you head out for your day of exciting wildlife viewing. Don’t worry about cloudy or overcast weather conditions as this is one of the best times to see wildlife – they enjoy the coolness.

Top Wildlife Viewing Locations Near Maggie Valley, NC

Cataloochee Valley – Located within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just minutes from downtown Maggie Valley, the Cataloochee Valley is the ideal spot to view elk, deer, bear, turkey (and more) in their natural habitat. The picturesque valley was once the most prosperous and populated area of the national park. You can see a historic church, homes and a school. Elk were released into the valley in 2001. This was part of a national park effort to reintroduce the great elk to the area. The best time to view these majestic elk (and any other wildlife) are the early morning and evening hours when they come out of the forest to graze in the open fields. From mid-September through October, the herd is especially active since it is mating season. Other activities you may enjoy in Cataloochee Valley include a hiking trail, primitive campsites, fishing and a horse camp for horseback riders. Learn more. Watch a video.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Within the park almost anywhere you might see wildlife; there are 65 types of mammals to view. If you drive along the park roads at night, you may be treated to a glimpse of red and gray foxes or coyotes. There are approximately 2,000 bears in the national park, so the chances are high you will see one on your visit. The best viewing spots for black bears are Cades Cove and Cataloochee Valley. White-tailed deer are commonly seen in Cades Cove and Cataloochee Valley as well. Learn more.

Maggie Valley, NC, Weather Forecasts

Accuweather.com has accurate weather forecasting for Maggie Valley, NC, and other areas in the mountains. It’s a quick reference for those planning to explore the area. Weather.com is trusted for their accuracy, and they offer up to a 10-day Maggie Valley, NC, weather forecast. Learn more about the Town of Maggie Valley and all it offers at the town’s official website. At the town website, you can get winter storm advisories on road closings within Maggie Valley. At the Great Smoky Mountains National Park website, you will be able to view any advisories on road closures or inclement weather conditions within the park itself.

A Great Place to Stay in any Kind of Maggie Valley, NC, Weather

Situated at 3878 Soco Road, Meadowlark Motel offers spacious accommodations, from guestrooms to a cottage or cabin. Many accommodations feature jetted tubs, microwaves and refrigerators. This legendary motel is nestled on the banks of state-stocked Jonathan Creek in the shadow of the mountains. It’s easy to access in snow or fine weather because it is right on the main road, in the heart of Maggie Valley. Meadowlark is just minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Cataloochee Ski Area, Cataloochee Valley and the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s also minutes, even within walking distance, to many excellent Maggie Valley restaurants with delicious, mouthwatering authentic local cuisine.

Enjoy their outdoor pavilion with a fully equipped kitchen for group events, as well as the Creekside recreation area with grills and outdoor furniture. The motel offers complimentary Continental breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi and a complimentary seasonal outdoor pool. Enjoy an array of unique guest services, such as wine and craft beer tastings, in-room spa services, Friday family nights and Saturday night cookouts. Review their current deals and packages.

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