Gatlinburg Ghostwalks: The Spooky History Of The Town

Explore the history of Gatlinburg with a touch of the macabre, in a Ghost Tour of the town and the skeletons in its closet. Operated by Appalachian GhostWalks, and awarded one of the Top 10 ghost tours in America by USA Today, the Gatlinburg Ghost Walk offers an opportunity for you and the whole crew to delve into mysteries of the past.

Departing from TGI Fridays located at 959 Parkway in Gatlinburg, the tour spans 2-3 hours, featuring a comfortable stroll through the town, covering less than one mile. Afternoon tours generally start between 1 and 2 pm, and evening lantern-led tours begin at sunset (seasonally between 5:30 and 8:30 pm). By reservation only, you must reserve in advance.

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The Tour

As Appalachian GhostWalks have established in other haunted areas in the land, the Gatlinburg GhostWalk takes you to authentic haunted locations where many guests have encountered Paranormal Phenomena. The tour blends history into an engaging experience suitable for all ages – exciting but not scary. The tour caters to children as young as five, making for a positive yet thrilling adventure for the entire family. Humor, history, emotion and education are bound up in the tour, described as “entertaining, edifying and enchanting!”

Do the spirits of early pioneers still frequent old frontier trails? Which former actress lingers as a ghost in a popular overnight stay? Hear about the forgotten graves of original native people and discover which well known attraction in town remains haunted by spirits clinging to their past memories.

The guide on your Gatlinburg GhostWalk discloses the results of thorough research conducted by skilled investigators during scientific examinations of the properties and buildings featured in your tour. Steeped in Cherokee and early settlement history, here are true stories and authentic history during your paranormal journey We examine several stops where spirits are believed to linger, evoking memories of the past.

More than two centuries ago, in 1803, Martha Jane Huskey Ogle, along with her children and other family members, arrived in a secluded area of the Smokies in East Tennessee to fulfill the wish of her late husband, Billy, who never had the chance to return in body to the land he deemed paradise – but perhaps in spirit? Unravel these mysteries and more on this captivating tour.

For more information, see the Gatlinburg GhostWalk website.

TIP: For a truly scary experience, check out the Mysterious Mansion in Gatlinburg.