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Will I see wildlife along the trail?

There is a lot of wildlife that lives in the forest along the OHT including white-tailed deer, black bear, elk (on the Buffalo River end), coyotes, bobcats, wild turkey, grouse (rare), squirrels, armadillos, chipmunks, and a large variety of birds and other wildlife. Most hikers make way too much noise when they hike and don’t see all that much wildlife. Also most wildlife is nocturnal and you won’t generally see them out in the middle of the day. The best way to see wildlife is to get up early in the morning, and find a place where you can see far out into the forest, then sit there quietly and motionless for a good long while – you will be surprised at all the critters you can spot!