Cades Cove is an 11-mile, one-way paved loop located within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. It is one of the best places to spot wildlife in the Smokies and likely the best place to spot black bears in the Smokies.
While on my one-day visit there, I was hoping, but not expecting to see black bears. I was lucky enough to see one cub and then later a mama bear and four cubs.
I also got within in feet of some of the largest turkeys I’ve ever seen in my life and tons of deer.
Here’s some of my best photos from Cades Cove…
Do you enjoy taking photos of wildlife? To you ever throw your safety out the window in exchange for getting close to a potentially dangerous animal?
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Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused adventure, outdoors, wildlife and Vegan food! In between bigger trips, she is delivering the best of her hometown, Nashville.
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