Wildlife near Ligia’s Fork and WindRock Park

Ligia's Fork Cabins WildlifeAre you looking for a fun outdoor adventure during your trip to Oak Ridge, TN? Perhaps, you would like to see some wildlife. If so, it is hard to beat the amazing WindRock Park! One of the best and most thrilling experiences of your visit to WindRock Park and nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a wildlife sighting.

While large mammals, such as bears and deer, might get the most of the attention, the range also supports many remarkable and adorable smaller creatures, which makes wildlife sighting near Ligia’s Fork and WindRock Park a fun and memorable experience.

Did you know that the Smokies nearby are widely known as the “Salamander Capital of the World” because of the sheer diversity of native salamanders?

Here are some amazing animals and wildlife you will spot near WindRock Park and Ligia’s Fork.

Black Bear

It is worth noting that the biggest animal you will see here is the black bear. Keep in mind that they will not be out during the winter. This is why your best bet is between spring and fall. You may know that most black bears hibernate, depending mainly on local weather conditions as well as the availability of food during the winters.

While you can find these black bears anywhere in the area, note that the best places to see these animals are in open areas. Also, note that black bears are not naturally aggressive toward people.

As a result, they will likely be scared of you. However, it is best to exercise caution near them. And don’t approach these bears.


You will find deer near the WindRock Park and Ligia’s Fork, as well as in Cades Cove. Did you know that year-round and at almost all hours of the night and day, deer roam the area? The area is also home to whitetail deer, which is great. This is why if all you have ever seen before is the common mule deer, these creatures are certainly a sight to behold.


While bobcats are present in the area, bobcat spotting is not likely. This is because these big cats are very reclusive and shy. So, if you manage to spot one, you should consider yourself lucky. These animals are highly elusive and mostly nocturnal.


Raccoons are another common sight near WindRock Park. Also, like bears, they are easily recognizable. Did you know that these masked bandits enjoy stealing shiny objects? This is why even if it’s not edible, you should put away anything easily grasped in small paws.

Remember that the raccoon’s diverse and unique diet is made possible by its exceptional ability to crush various hard foods like acorns and shellfish using its large and low-crowned molar.


These animals are about the size of an average house cat and can be spotted, striped, or swirled—but all white and black.

While skunks will not hurt you, their spray is very unpleasant! And while they are small and adorable, their spray can easily travel up to 10 feet. Also, skunks are nocturnal and are gentle creatures that like to avoid conflicts and confrontations with large animals.


You will be happy to know that there are 2 species of foxes near WindRock Park and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. These are the gray fox and red fox. Keep in mind that both species are nocturnal.

Red foxes are extremely shy and are about the size of a typical domestic dog. They can weigh up to 24 pounds. Keep in mind that their charming and unique rust color and beautiful fluffy tail make them very recognizable. Also, red foxes commonly have black boots or black legs.

On the other hand, the gray fox is typically gray, while it may also be brown or red. These species have a black-tipped tail rather than a white tip.

Gray Squirrels

One of the animals in the area you will most likely see is the gray squirrel. Did you know that squirrels are foragers and will most likely be found in the park scrounging for nuts? You will likely see them near your campground or out on the trails.


You will be happy to know that there are many fish species in the Smokies. For example, you will find fish in any creek, stream, or river in the enormous national park. Note that the types of fish you may see while you are near the water are rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, and even smallmouth bass.

These are only some of the fantastic animals near WindRock Park and Ligia’s Fork you may see when you visit. Do you want to feel close to the animals? If so, find out more about our fantastic campground, and book your spot for the next trip.

Tips for Watching Wildlife near WindRock Park

Equipping yourself with an excellent pair of binoculars for your next visit to WindRock Park is a great idea. You can take them on the hiking trail so that you can quickly use them when you glimpse a bear or critter.

And that is not all; a spotting scope is an excellent and valuable tool, especially for wildlife-watching from your car. This is because you can quickly prop it against your partly rolled-down window for a better and steadier view.

Where to Stay

After a day of seeking out these amazing creatures, you can retire to a safe and comfy cabin. Let Ligia’s Fork Cabins help! By booking a suitable cabin with a beautiful and incredible view, you’ll make the most of your time. So, you should not miss various lodging options at the Ligia’s Fork Cabins.

We welcome you to Ligia’s Fork Cabins, a heaven on earth and your private getaway for your fun mountain adventure that you will cherish for a long time. Give our reservations staff a phone call or check out our website. Regardless of your budget or group size, we have a cabin for you!

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