ELK TOURS & VIEWING OPPORTUNITIES (Come see nearly 7,500 Rocky Mountain elk roaming free in the eastern coalfields of Kentucky.)
PUBLIC ELK VIEWING AREAS
Knott County, the "Elk Capital East of the Rockies" offers public elk viewing along Elk View Drive, just past Sutton Memorial Park near Hwy 1098 on reclaimed coal lands once mined by Millers Brothers Coal. Click here for other adventure tourism offerings in Knott County.
Breathitt County has an excellent elk viewing station also located just off Hwy 1098, 10 miles east of Hwy 15 on mined land reclaimed by ICG-Hazard, LLC. Click here for more on tourism in Breathitt County.
ELK TOURS ARE OFFERED AT THREE KENTUCKY STATE PARKS (see map below)
Fall is mating season for elk. Bulls spar for their own harem of cows by announcing their presence with a bugle. The "bugle" is an unforgettable sound that begins with a bellow, advances to a squealing whistle and ends with a series of grunts. The cows don't seem to mind the noise at all!
In the spring, bulls shed their antlers and the cycle begins again. Growing as much as an inch a day, even the largest rack of antlers will be back to full growth by the fall mating season. The ladies are always impressed!