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Something Different in Cades Cove

  • 04/07/2023
  • 7:00 AM
  • Cades Cove Ranger Kiosk


  • Both members and visitors may register.

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SANP Field Event

Something Different in Cades Cove

Friday, April 7, 2023


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

The dogwoods are starting to bloom. This event will be checking out the various dogwoods in Cades Cove.  There will be some walking to some of the locations.  We will look for dogwoods around the edge of the fields, at the various cabins, and buildings in Cades Cove.  We might see a bear, but this event is focused on the flowering dogwoods and what types of photographs one might take.

You may want a wide angle lens, a tripod and macro lens, or a telephoto.  You will have a chance to be as creative as possible.

There may be a chance of rain. We will find a way to still photograph.

It is important that we meet at the parking area by the Kiosk, as we will need to take as few cars as possible into the Loop area.  Everyone will need to be open to carpooling. 

It is important that you be at the Kiosk and ready to enter the Loop Road at 7:00 am as a group.


Location Description:  

Cades Cove Loop Road and various areas off the road.  Remember you will need a parking pass or carpool with someone that has a parking pass.  You can purchase daily passes at Cades Cove Kiosk area. The annual pass at vistor centers or online.


Learning opportunities:

How to photograph the dogwood flowers in the wild. 

What to bring:

  • Your favorite DSLR camera and lens. Extra batteries.
  • Bring appropriate weather gear.
  • Tripod can be useful .
  • 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, 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.
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