Smoky Mountain Haunted Places
Old traditions are usually at the root of the ghost stories that you hear in the Smoky Mountains. The pioneers of the Smoky Mountains are long gone, but their stories, and maybe even their spirits, can still be found in the hills of the mountains. There are many ghost stories that have been told decade after decade pertaining to the hills of the Smokies, but this list is focused on the most popular ones you hear. These stories are sure to give you goosebumps, send a shiver down your spine, and intrigue you to find out more too! So grab some hot tea, a comfort blanket, and continue reading!
Many have dined at the Greenbrier Restaurant when they are looking for a unique dish that many restaurants in the area do not make. It is a locally-owned restaurant, in a historic log cabin that was built in 1939. It was even named one of the best restaurants in Gatlinburg in 2015. Be sure to check it out for a delicious meal on your next trip to the area. You may even have an extra dinner guest. Her name is Lydia and this is one of the most popular ghost stories to date. In 1939, Lydia, a young woman, lived at the Greenbrier Lodge (now the Restaurant) and was jilted by her fiance at the altar of a Gatlinburg church. Crushed, she ran back to the lodge, threw a rope over the rafter, and hung herself. She was still in her wedding dress. Her fiance’s body was found, days later, mangled by what many thought must have been a mountain cat. The mountain cat had long been gone from the hills of the Smokies though. Many would say that Lydia’s spirit had returned for her revenge. Diners at the Restaurant have long since said how they see a sad woman on the staircase which is where Lydia hung herself.
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
There was a man named Foster who found a young woman in the woods when he was looking for a wife. He found her to be beautiful and found it strange that she was barefoot in the middle of the woods on a cold winter night. He fell in love with her and went to her parents to ask for approval in marriage. That was when he was told Lucy had passed away some time ago. Lucy died in a cabin fire around 1909, off the Nature Trail. Today, people still say they see Lucy along the trail and can be seen in the woods near where her cabin burned to the ground. The moral of this story – be sure to keep your eyes open for a barefoot woman asking for a ride.
Once a thriving resort, formed by wealthy hunters who went on to found the Appalachian Club, Elkmont now stands abandoned. The Wonderland Hotel has since burned down and the cabins stand empty. It can be quite eerie walking along the empty homes now. Many vacationers see and hear things while exploring the area. If you are up for a fright, be sure to stop by this abandoned little town on your next trip to the Smoky Mountain National Park.
Norton Creek Trail
One of the most famous and chilling Cherokee folklore stories passed down is the tale of Spearfinger. Spearfinger is said to be a woman with stone as one of her right fingers. She lurks in the shadow, disguised as an elderly woman. She lures children away and is said to eat their livers. The Cherokee say that she could also shapeshift. Therefore, they were very cautious and distrustful of anyone that was away from the village for a long period of time.
While there are many other stories and haunted places in the Smokies, like the White Oak Flats Cemetery and Henry Whitehead Cabin in Cades Cove, the above places are the most told and talked about in the Smoky Mountain area. While you are out exploring, who knows what spirits may lurk in the forest or historic cabin? On your next Pigeon Forge Condo Vacation, if you feel up to it, visit one or two of the above mentioned haunted places. After exploring, you can sit on your private balcony and discuss all that you saw or “felt.”