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Digital Geologic Map of Parts of the Cades Cove and Calderwood Quadrangles, Tennessee and North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

USGS Open-File Report 99-175

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   The Cades Cove Geologic Mapping project is part of the National Park Service USGS Cooperative Project, Geology of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP).

     Cades Cove is a beautiful valley in the western part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is perhaps the most popular area of the park, receiving over 2.5 million visitors a year. Most visitors come to catch a glimpse of wildlife which thrive in and around the nearly 5,000 acres of open meadows.  The great beauty of Cades Cove can be more fully appreciated when the diverse geologic history is revealed.  This is the geologic story of Cades Cove, just one of the many destinations of geologic interest within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   Whether driving the 11-mile long Loop Road or hiking to Abrams Falls or Gregory Bald, this overview will provide insight to the geologic history and evolution of the spectacular scenery. 

     To navigate through this site use the buttons on the left.  You will find hyperlinks throughout the text that provide images and examples of anything we discuss here.  The images may be viewed individually in the GIS Data/Jpegs page.  Thanks for visiting, and enjoy learning about Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

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