In addition to being the first national park partially paid for with federal funds and the most visited national park in the United States, the Great Smoky Mountains is also home to the former logging town of Elkmont. Once an Appalachian Club vacation community, the company began selling land to hunting and fishing enthusiasts in 1910. Eventually, it became a place for the hoity toity to socialize until 1992 when the National Park Service refused to renew the cottage owner’s’ lifetime leases. By 2001, the whole town of Elkmont was abandoned.
Campers who stay right down the gravel road at Elkmont Campground can explore the decayed remains of the Wonderland Club Hotel, the Appalachian Clubhouse, and the rest of the ghost town littered with dead leaves and spooky Deliverance-style cabins just thirsty for some sacrificial rituals.