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Birdfoot Violet (Viola pedata) 4-10 inches tall, bluish-purple flower. March-June

PHOTOGRAPHY TIP: The split rail fencing makes for

several years, the Caudills
relocated downstream closer
to other families in the Basin
Cove community. Disaster
struck in 1916 in the form of
unprecedented flooding.
Among others, the flood
waters killed young Alice
Caudill, who being pregnant,
had difficulty evacuating.
The cabin, being further
upstream, escaped damage.
The interpretive staff at
Brinegar Cabin keep this and
many other tales alive. Basin
Cove and Caudill Cabin are
accessible by trail from a
lower entry.

PAT & CHUCK BLACKLEY

delightful focal points for an image, whether of
the grand scene or more intimate compositions. Be
careful if photographing close to the road, and be
sure to park on hard ground so as not to damage the turf.

take the paved road to the
south of the parkway; the
right-hand branch parallels
open meadows and dead
ends at several trails. To the
left, the gentle Bluff Ridge
Primitive Trail returns to the
Parkway through delightfully
open " Sound of Music "
meadows in little more than
a mile.
At Wildcat Rocks parking
area, stone steps climb
to an overlook looking
down to Basin Cove and
Caudill Cabin, 1,500 feet
below. After the cabin was
occupied intermittently for

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