An elk herd rests at Hatfield Knob. (Photo: Contributed)

Many Tennesseans are unaware that our state has elk. It’s not a huge population, but it is healthy and thriving in a hilly and remote area of the Cumberland Plateau.

Watching elk, photographing them, and anticipating those brief few weeks in the fall when bull elk bugle in search of a mate is a thrill for those who are aware of a unique place in Campbell County named Hatfield Knob.

But, not everyone can get to Campbell County, so the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has proudly announced the addition of an “Elk Cam” to their website. Cameo appearances from deer, turkeys, bears, foxes, coyotes and any number of wild wayfarers are expected, but no doubt the top stars of this live production will be elk.


Click here to view the elk cam and to learn more about elk.

TWRA hopes that wildlife enthusiasts everywhere will visit the webcam and learn about these animals. There was a time not long ago when elk were absent from Tennessee, but they are back now and enjoyable to watch whether in person or from a desktop, laptop, or cell phone.

The elk tend to be most active mornings and evenings, and are usually seen in groups of 25 or more. Males and females winter together, but older bulls gather in separate groups during the summer. Elk feed on grasses, herbs, twigs and bark.