© 2015 Grand Vista Hotel, Stanlodge LLC
11597 Scott Hwy • Huntsville, TN 37756
Reservations: 888-854-6300

Free home-style breakfast

Get the day started right with a hot, home-style breakfast fixed fresh.

 


Relaxing pool

Beat summer's heat with a refreshing dip in our inviting outdoor pool.

 


High-speed internet

Wi-fi internet is essential for business, and you'll find it in every room at Grand Vista.

 


ATV friendly!

Grand Vista is located near some of the best ATV trails in America, & riders are welcome.

 

 

Watchable Wildlife


Photo: Melissa Capps

You don't have to venture far from Grand Vista to find many types of wildlife. In fact, the northern Cumberland Plateau's watchable wildlife is drawing increasing numbers of folks each year who hope to catch a glimpse of one of the critters who call our forests and waters home.

Black bear: An estimated population of 300 black bears calls the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area home. Sightings are most common in the Bandy Creek, Station Camp, and Pickett State Forest areas of the park. However, bears may be seen just about anywhere in Scott County, including Brimstone Recreation and the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area.

Elk: Beginning in 2001, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency released some 200 Rocky Mountain wild elk within the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. Today, the WMA is home to the second-largest free-ranging elk herd east of the Mississippi River (the largest is in neighboring eastern Kentucky). Elk have been seen as far away as the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. The most common places to see elk are along S.R. 63 at the Scott-Campbell county line, or at the Hatfield Knob Viewing Tower in neighboring Campbell County.

Bald eagles: Bald eagles are very common at wintering grounds along Dale Hollow Lake, a reservoir located an hour's drive west of Grand Vista. But the nation's majestic symbol frequently turns up around Huntsville and Oneida during the months of winter and spring. They are most frequently found near small lakes, such as the Flat Creek Reservoir five miles east of Grand Vista off S.R. 63.

Whitetail deer: Whitetail deer can be found just about anywhere along the northern Cumberland Plateau, and sightings are frequent in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, at Brimstone Recreation, and in the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. The largest whitetail buck on record in Scott County sported a whopping 178 inches of antler on his head.

Wild turkey: The North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area and surrounding forests are among the few remaining places where true strains of the eastern subspecies of the wild turkey can still be found. Turkeys are prevalent throughout the region; in fact, Tennessee is known as one of the nation's top 10 states for turkey hunters.

Wild boar: Visitors to the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Brimstone Recreation and the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area occasionally catch glimpses of the wild boar that call the forests their home. Some of the boar are true European-style razorbacks, hold-overs from the days when they were imported for hunting purposes in the lands that now make up the Big South Fork.

Rare songbirds: The North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area is home to the cerulean warbler and golden-winged warbler songbirds. The cerulean warbler is found in mature forests high within the Cumberland Mountains, while the golden-winged warblers nest in reclaimed strip mines. Other migratory songbirds nest in the area, too, including wood thrush, scarlet tanager, ovenbird, black-throated green warbler, Kentucky warbler and others.

Small game: Other wildlife types that you're likely to find in our neck of the woods include red foxes, coyotes, bobcats, beaver, river otter and mink.