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Smokies Abandoned Resort History Walk

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Perfect for non hikers, and large groups! You'll meet your Guide inside The Great Smokys National Park, and attendees will caravan a few miles to a unique, and historic area in the park called; Elkmont, where once, two resorts resided in their splendor. Once there, your entertaining, and knowledgeable guide, will walk you through remaining once charming family cabins, as he portrays what life was like there, back in the early 1900's. At that time, the resort town of Elkmont, was alive with Knoxville socialites, who partied with local mountain folk, at the ball field, swimming hole, and the two Hotels, where moonshine flowed, like the Little River that ran through the community.  See and hear and see the legendary Bi-Plane crash story, and location.  After the tour, you can take advantage of being close to some great hiking trails. Kids 12 and under are free.

Customer Reviews

Randy B
April 23, 2019
My husband and I were given this activity from a relative as part of our wedding gift. We were on our honeymoon. My husband isn't normally one for touristy type activities, but Steve was wonderful. We were supposed to have a 2-2.5hr tour, but he made it so interesting and was so knowledgeable that we must have been there almost 4 hrs. We loved it! Can't say enough about what how much we enjoyed it.

What You'll Get

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Stop At: Hike The Smokys, 1016 Dolly Parton Pkwy Suite 8, Sevierville, TN 37862-3740

The stage has been set, by the Great Smokys National Park. You'll meet your Interpretive Guide inside The Great Smokys National Park, at The Sugarland's Visitor Center parking lot. From there, attendees will caravan four miles to another area in the park called; Elkmont. Once there, for two hours or so, your entertaining, and knowledgeable guide, will walk through the 20 plus remaining structures, and recalling facts and stories, that will take you back in time, to the early 1900's. While strolling through the streets and cabins, you'll be able to touch, and feel  remaining artifacts, and if you listen carefully, you may hear the jubilant echos of the past. There were two Social Clubs, and 40 plus cabins, which were once packed with summer partyers, steam trains, and loggers, making this little town at one time very vibrant, loud, and alive with activity Many of the cabin owners were Knoxville socialites, who mixed it up with the local mountain folk, at the ball field, swimming hole, and Hotel, where moonshine flowed as swiftly as the nearby Little River. Of course, fishing was a common activity, as well as Sunday celebrations, complete with a barn-storming Bi-Plane Pilot by the name of "Rooster", who crashed his plane unceremoniously, while showing off for the crowd. After the tour, you can take advantage of being in the vicinity of some of the best hiking trails in the area, such as The Little River Trail, Jakes Creek, and others. You'll have the option of spending the rest of your day, in the peaceful serene setting this old town offers, hearing only the pleasant melody of the roaring Little River.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Map, and Historical Handout Included.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • National Park fee
  • Professional photographer guide

  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Departure Point
107 Sugarlands Visitor Center Loop Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA

Departure Time
2:30 PM

120 to 150 minutes

Return Details
Elkmont Campground Road A, Elkmont Campground Rd A, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA

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