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Cades Cove in the Spring

  • 03/26/2022
  • 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Cades Cove Ranger Kiosk


  • Both members and visitors may register.

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SANP Field Event

Cades Cove in the Spring

Saturday, March 26, 2022


Leader:  Dale Potter               Phone:  (865) 773-8114             E-mail:

Meeting place: Cades Cove Ranger Kiosk, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Time: 7:00 am

Registration available:  Beginning today

Spring time in Cades Cove is unique. The buttercups have bloomed though there may still be a few left. Yes, click on  buttercups. 

This event is different. This is a walking event to help you get ready for the wildflowers photo events next month. 

We will be walking about 5-6 miles at a slow steady pace on a path that will be wet from the morning dew.  

What will we see?  Who knows?  Maybe a bear, maybe not.  Maybe a deer or two. Maybe some wild flowers.  Maybe a babbling brook.  Maybe a bald eagle, if we could get that lucky. Maybe a nice sunrise.  Maybe a coyote if we are really lucky.  Maybe a snake or two.  I will pick them up if you promise to hold it. 

Depending on how lucky we are on the walk, we may visit some of the houses for some different views than most see and so other sights if the one road is open.

Dress in shoes that you are comfortable with as you may get wet.  


Location Description:  

Meet at the Cades Cove Ranger Kiosk at the beginning of the Cades Cove Loop Road


Learning opportunities:

This will give you a chance to explore the area without all the traffic.  Bring your short lens and your long lens. 

What to bring:

  • Your favorite DSLR camera and lens. Extra batteries.
  • Dress for the weather
  • Tripod can be useful but you may want to leave it in the car.
  • Rain gear for yourself and a rain cover for your camera in case we have rain.

Remember to dress for the weather and in layers if needed.  Waterproof foot gear might be useful with recent rain it could be muddy in some areas.


Driving directions:  Cades Cove Ranger Kiosk, at Loop Road Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Restrooms:  Cades Cove Picnic area and lots of other unisex options.

How to Find Me: Red Jeep Wrangler

Contacts:     Jerry Whaley, President       Julie Glibbery, Membership Manager       General Information

Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located near the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee.
Mailing address: 1143 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Ste 107A-231, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
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