Frightmare Manor

One of America’s Best Haunted Attractions Welcome to Frightmare Manor – THE Money Back Haunt® – and Tennessee’s REAL Haunted House & Screampark! Frightmare Manor exposes the dark secrets hidden within this historic, blood-soaked property of Tennessee serial killer – Jeremiah Lexer. Repeatedly named the #1 Must-See Haunted Attraction in TN by HauntedHouseRatings.com, the #6 … Continue reading Frightmare Manor

There’s a troll bridge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains are rich in history and full of hidden gems. Through the sands of time, these lost landmarks become something of whimsical fantasies. An old spring house becomes a fairy house. A trail connection becomes a hidden, abandoned tunnel. And an ordinary stone bridge becomes a moss-covered troll bridge. This troll bridge … Continue reading There’s a troll bridge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Gatlinburg Was Named After the Most Hated Man in Town

Before it was known as Gatlinburg, our Smoky Mountain city was named White Oak Flats, (because of the area’s beautiful white oak trees). In the early 1800s, Martha Huskey Ogle and her family became the first permanent white settlers in the region. If you visit Gatlinburg today, you’re likely to run into an Ogle or … Continue reading Gatlinburg Was Named After the Most Hated Man in Town

HIKING TO THE HOUSE OF THE FAIRIES IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

There are a ton of unique spots throughout the Great Smoky Mountains you can get to by hiking. One of the lesser known spots is the fairy house along Twin Creeks Trail. We want to tell you all about this cool little spot and how to get there. Here’s more about hiking to the House … Continue reading HIKING TO THE HOUSE OF THE FAIRIES IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

Mingus Mill

Mingus Mill is a historic and active Mill, located just a short distance past the Oconaluftee Visitors center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Both the mill itself and the land surrounding the mill are beautiful.  The mill is a popular stop for people traveling through the park, and especially for photographers. tips&tricks The … Continue reading Mingus Mill

Best of the burden: Smokies mules make backcountry operations possible – Part 1

A member of the mule team waits patiently as Danny Gibson moves in the background to assess the load to be transported. Holly Kays photo In popular culture mules get a bad rap, cast as stubborn, ornery and even mischievous.  But Danny Gibson, animal packer for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, spends more time with mules … Continue reading Best of the burden: Smokies mules make backcountry operations possible – Part 1

Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Alcatraz East is a crime museum featuring an in depth look at American Crime History - which includes artifacts from Alcatraz - but this is not a museum dedicated solely to Alcatraz. Explore American History from a different perspective Five unique galleries burrow deep into the studies of criminal intent, criminal profiles, the penal system, … Continue reading Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Mountain Farm Museum

Highlights: historic buildings, visitor center, walking trailsOconaluftee offers both a visitor center and the Mountain Farm Museum - a collection of historic log buildings gathered from throughout the Smoky Mountains and preserved on a single site. Buildings include a house, barn, applehouse, springhouse, and smokehouse.At the visitor center, rangers can answer your questions about the park … Continue reading Mountain Farm Museum

THE LOST SEA – MASSIVE UNDERGROUND CAVE AND LAKE!

The Lost Sea is in the Craighead Caverns cave system.  The tour is quite interesting, with something for everyone. Geology aficionados will surely appreciate one of its geological features - the anthodites (rare, spiky crystalline structures also known as cave flowers) - found in abundance here.   The return trip is uphill, and fairly steep, so … Continue reading THE LOST SEA – MASSIVE UNDERGROUND CAVE AND LAKE!

A Walk Through the Ghost Town of Little Greenbrier

Little Greenbrier is perhaps best known as the location of both the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse and Walker Cabin - with both of them on the National Register of Historic Places, it's a cool way to explore the history of the area. The earliest settlers in the area are believed to have arrived in the 1830s from … Continue reading A Walk Through the Ghost Town of Little Greenbrier