Who doesn’t want to know about unique spots in the Great Smoky Mountains? You’ll feel like you’re part of a secret club knowing about these hidden gems in the Smokies! When you stay in one of our cabins, you’ll have to plan a day to check them all out! Here are the top 5 unique spots in the Great Smoky Mountains you have to see:
1. Pearl Harbor Tree
The Pearl Harbor Tree is in Cades Cove. A man named Golman Myers used to live in Cades Cove with his family. He heard about the attack of Pearl Harbor on the radio, and since he had sons who were old enough to be drafted, he wanted to do something to remember the tragedy. He took a sapling he found and planted it in their front yard with a tire rim around it. As the tree grew, the rim has grown into the trunk of the tree. One of Myer’s sons placed a sign on the tree reading, “Golman Myers transplanted this tree Dec. 7 1941.”
2. The House of the Fairies
You probably haven’t heard about the House of the Fairies in the Great Smoky Mountains. Located in the Twin Creeks area, this is actually an old springhouse that was part of the estate owned by Louis E Voorheis. He liked this area because of its serene beauty and seclusion, so he made his estate a resort for family and friends to get away from the city. It’s slightly off the path of Twin Creeks Trail, but definitely worth the detour!
3. Spruce Flats Falls
Spruce Flats Falls is probably the most underrated waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains. It’s not on any of the official national park maps, but it’s definitely worth seeing! You’ll start on the Lumber Ridge trailhead. You’ll come across rugged and rocky parts. Then you will reach the highest point, and the trail will start to descend. Once you reach the bottom, you’ll see Spruce Flats Falls, which stands at 30 feet tall. The roundtrip length for this trail is 1.8 miles.
4. The Trollbridge at Elkmont
If you want to go on a short nature walk and see one of these unique spots, head over to the Elkmont! This area was used by wealthy Knoxvillians as a mountain getaway. Slightly off the path of Little River Trail is the trollbridge. A small creek runs underneath this whimsical-looking bridge made of stone. It’s a great place to take pictures!
5. Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower
If you’re an avid hiker, you should definitely make time to see Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower. The roundtrip length is 11.1 miles on the Low Gap Trail. Much of this trail is rugged terrain, so be cautious as you make your way up. Once you reach the fire tower, you’ll be able to look down into the Pigeon Forge Gorge for amazing mountain views. The Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower was actually built in the 1930s.
You have so many unique spots in the Great Smoky Mountains to visit! Want to know about more fun things to do in the area? Check out these attractions you’ll want to visit!