Cades Cove is a broad valley situated within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just 50 miles (80 km) south of Knoxville, Tennessee. Please note that while there are no designated stargazing areas within the valley, there are occasional star parties and events hosted by local astronomy organizations throughout the year. One EarthSky reader reports “there is no electric light in any direction visible.” There is also ample opportunity for wildlife viewing, as large numbers of white-tailed deer are frequently seen, and sightings of black bear, coyote, ground hog, turkey, raccoon, skunk, and other animals are also possible, as well as camping opportunities for visitors who connect with a local concierge. For more information, please call 865-436-1200.
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