History of Cades Cove

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Cades Cove is a magnificent natural valley surrounded by the Smoky Mountains and home to a variety of wildlife including deer, bear, and coyotes. It also has an interesting history dating back to 1821. You can still see the first settlers cabin. In this video, professional wildlife photographer Doug Gardner interviews Bill Lea, local photographer and author of the book, CADES COVE. Bill Lea explains why this wonderful wildlife home is an ideal location for nature photographers. When the wildflowers are blooming, the cove becomes a mecca for butterflies. Bill also believes that the natural light is worth the experience, from early morning fog to spectacular sunsets.


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