We've got a guest in town visiting all the way from New Mexico and so we decided that today would be a good day to head over to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and do some exploring. A few months ago you may have seen a headline on Yahoo! that read "Hiker Discovers an Abandoned Town Inside Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park". The abandoned town referred to in the article was Elkmont, though the town was hardly rediscovered. The remains of the old Appalachian Club resort area lies just outside of the Elkmont Campground and would mark the site of today's exploration.
After a quick stop in Gatlinburg (our guest had to see the tourist trap that is Gatlinburg to believe it) for lunch at Five Guys and a quick sampling of moonshine at Sugarlands Distillery,
We started out by walking along the paved road through the Daisy Town section of the Appalachian Club.
At the end of the road was the large, restored Appalachian Clubhouse.
As we made our way further up the road (actually the Jakes Creek Trail) we found more intriguing decay.
After doing some research it appears that we've just scratched the surface of what there is to explore in Elkmont. We did not make it to the Millionaire's Row or Wonderland Club sections of the old town. Needless to say, we will be back to explore this part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park some time in the near future!