Ancient evils, Civil War Spirits, and Timeworn Graveyards
Gatlinburg’s reputation as the Gateway to the Smoky Mountains means plenty of ski resorts and fun outdoor activities. However, the city was not always a beautiful and unique tourist mecca. Just underneath the idyllic mountain town surface lies a deep and dark history that most tourists never think to explore. The area houses unprecedented levels of paranormal activity, especially on the parkway, which is commonly called the Strip. Together, we will uncover the real story behind Gatlinburg’s rough frontier town origins, as well as its complicated and terrifying modern ghostly encounters. Alongside ordinary tourist trappings like the Skylift, mini gold, and chain restaurants are compelling haunted locations that push the boundaries of what you may or may not believe. Find out the storied history of one of the oldest graveyards in the state. Listen in horror to the tales of murder, suicide, jealousy, revenge, and everything in between. Gatlinburg’s glossy exterior may be able to fool some of the people who visit the town, but we will help you understand the horror on which this town was built.
What makes Gatlinburg so haunted?
In a city with such a vibrant and modern tourist scene, separating the dark history of Gatlinburg from its ski-resort façade can be pretty difficult. Gatlinburg Ghost Tours takes an unflinching look at the dark points in the city’s history that others would simply ignore on their way to a fancy chain restaurant. Dating back to the early 19th century, the town has lived through the some of the darkest periods of American history and come out the other side. Even as the area is developed more and more, remnants of its tragic history poke through to the surface, whether through an aging cemetery (one of the oldest in the state), ancient blood-curdling Cherokee monsters, or the gory horrors of an old battlefield. Our unique tour along the iconic strip will explore the existential dread that frays at the edges of the town’s easily digestible tourist fair. You may come to Gatlinburg expecting a quaint little tourist town, but on our tour, you will learn that there is much more to the Gateway to the Smokies than meets the eye, and you may not like what you see.
The standard tour takes you to 8 separate haunted locations around the Gatlinburg Strip, each with its own unique and twisted history. The extended tour begins immediately after the standard tour ends, and it takes you to four more locations with their own tales of violence and terror. Meet our expert tour guide outside the Gatlinburg Space Needle at 115 Historic Nature Trail at least 15 minutes before your tour is scheduled to begin. Our standard Gatlinburg Ghost Tour is a total round trip of 1.0 mile, and should take about an hour. That’s one whole hour of terrifying stories, and possible sightings of the vile spirits that haunt the strip. The extended tour tacks on an extra half a mile to the total tour distance, and adds another 30 minutes to your nightmare.
The Gatlinburg Ghosts tour shows you all the beauty of Gatlinburg, while showing you that not everything in town is as harmless as it seems. The tour is a great way for first time visitors to see the sights, and is also an excellent source of fun for visitors who’ve been around the block a few times.
This tour is perfect for families, friends, and acquaintances alike! Feel free to bring the kids, they won’t get too scared. We have limited openings for each tour and they fill up fast, so buy your tickets right now at our website or give us a call at (865) 263-1968.
Our tour is held on the Gatlinburg Strip, starting with the Gatlinburg Space Needle at 115 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN. Our tours are held in all weather, so bring a coat! We don’t go inside the locations on our route, but feel free to explore the public locations after the tour has finished.
The tour will take around an hour to finish, and is 1.0 mile round trip. The extended tour adds another 30 minutes, and adds another 0.5 miles after the main tour is over.
Tickets for the Gatlinburg Ghosts Tour must be bought in advance and if you’re looking to buy right now, you’ve come to the right place. The tickets can be bought right here on our website. After you buy a ticket we will put your name on a roster, so don’t worry about printing anything out. Just walk right up and show us your ID.
Children under 6 can come for free. The extended tour will cost extra per person.
Your tickets are only valid for the date and time you bought them for, and the tours are held in all weather. You may reschedule prior to arrival, but rescheduling is subject to a fee.
There are multiple parking garages and lots in the area to suit your parking needs. Check your tour time and location to make sure you arrive on time. It is recommended to arrive early so you can find parking, and make it to the tour location on time.
Purchase a group tour
We also have tour options for large groups. See our group tours page for more information.