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3 Places You Didn’t Know Existed in the Smoky Mountains

abandoned cabin in the Elkmont section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
February 18, 2014

An old abandoned building in the Elkmont Historic District in Great Smoky Mountain National Park

The Smoky Mountains have been a popular family vacation destination for generations. Families that come to the area visit often do so year after year, and each visit brings new and exciting memories. That being said, there are still a few parts of our national park that are yet to be discovered by most of its guests.


Elkmont was once a booming logging town and vacation hub in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. However, once the logging shut down, the railroad left, and the land was purchased to create the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Elkmont eventually became somewhat of a ghost town. Today, many of the original cabins in the area have been declared historical landmarks, and are still available for visitors to see. Elkmont is also home to the annual synchronized fireflies show that occurs mid-June every year. Showcasing thousands of fireflies that will light up the night sky, this display of natural beauty is definitely one that families will not want to miss!

The Avent Cabin

Located on the outskirts of the Elkmont community, the Avent Cabin was the home and studio of the talented Tennessee artist, Mayne Avent. Born in 1868, Mayna Avent specialized in oil and watercolor painting. Today the cabin rests at the end of a short hike branching off from the Jakes Creek Trailhead. Though now the cabin sits empty, guests can still sign the guestbook and leave their well-wishes for the Avent Cabin.

Road to Nowhere

What was once intended as a separate entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that would run along side Fontana Lake, the Road to Nowhere is now just a six mile road that ends at the face of a tunnel inside the park. Although the road itself is not a way for families to explore the area, there are still several hiking trails and a scenic overlook that families will enjoy. The hiking trails that branch off of the Road to Nowhere include the six-mile Noland Creek Trail and the 42-mile Lakeshore Trail.

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