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By Bill Coughlin, August 4, 2012
A Wonder of the World Marker
Tennessee (Sevier County), Gatlinburg — A Wonder of the WorldGreat Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most pristine natural areas in the eastern United States. Breathtaking mountain scenery, rushing mountain streams, and mature hardwood forests that stretch to the horizon are protected for you and . . . — Map (db m63440) HM
Tennessee (Sevier County), Gatlinburg — Baskins Creek
As the story goes..."a party of hunters come up from Knoxville an' kilt 'em a load o' bear an' drug ‘em down to the head o' the creek an' skinned ‘em. They tuk the meat but lef' the skins 'till they could come back atter 'em. Folk begun to talk . . . — Map (db m19386) HM
Tennessee (Sevier County), Gatlinburg — Chimney TopsGreat Smoky Mountains National Park
Can you imagine smoke wafting from the chimney-like formations on this ridge? Nearly vertical holes in the tops of these jutting rocks make them look like natural chimney flues, and mountain people named them so—Chimney Tops. The Cherokees . . . — Map (db m71926)
Tennessee (Sevier County), Gatlinburg — Chimney Tops TrailThe View Is Worth the Climb
This popular trail climbs to the unique summit formations the Cherokees called "Duniskwalguni," meaning forked antlers. Mountain people thought the twin pinnacles of quartzite and slate resembled the tops of chimneys breaking through the trees. . . . — Map (db m20069) HM
Tennessee (Sevier County), Gatlinburg — Gladys Trentham Russell
Birthplace of Gladys Trentham Russell Author of: Call me Hillbilly It happened in the Smokies Smoky Mountain Family Album — Map (db m63438) HM
Tennessee (Sevier County), Gatlinburg — Laurel Falls Trail
The trail ascends gradually for 1⅓ miles to Laurel Falls. It is an easy and delightful walk through a forest which was logged and ravaged by wildfire long before the park was established in 1934. For these reasons, big trees are scarce. With . . . — Map (db m105287) HM
Tennessee (Sevier County), Gatlinburg — Lifeblood of the Mountains
More precipitation falls in the Great Smoky Mountains than anywhere else in the eastern United States. The yearly average is about 890 billion gallons - over 60 inches. Forty-four percent of it is absorbed by the atmosphere and the luxuriant blanket . . . — Map (db m20067) HM
Tennessee (Sevier County), Gatlinburg — Martha Jane Ogle Cabin
This cabin is the first house built in what is now Gatlinburg. About 1802, William Ogle selected a building site near here, in what he called "The Land of Paradise." Ogle cut and hewed the logs for the house then returned to South Carolina to bring . . . — Map (db m19389) HM
Tennessee (Sevier County), Gatlinburg — Noah "Bud" Ogle FarmSelf-Guiding Trail
With axe, plow, and gun, the first settlers changed the mountains, cutting into forests that were centuries old. They called this place "Junglebrook" after the dense growths of rhododendron and magnolia that bordered the streams. Between 1883 and . . . — Map (db m20419) HM
Tennessee (Sevier County), Gatlinburg — The American Black BearGreat Smokey Mountains National Park
Between 400 and 600 black bears live in the park, and you could see one almost anywhere. Most bears stay in the backcountry where they feed on grass, leaves, and acorns, fruits, berries, rodents, and carrion. Only a few visit roadsides and developed . . . — Map (db m99830) HM
Tennessee (Sevier County), Gatlinburg — The Chimney Tops
These twin summits of quartzite and hard slate are familiar landmarks. The peak on the right has a hole like a flue. Mountain people thought these formations looked like chimneys rising above the trees. Mountain laurel, rhododendron, blueberry, and . . . — Map (db m20070) HM
Tennessee (Sevier County), Gatlinburg — The Ephraim Bales Place
It would be difficult to find a better place to imagine mountain life than this. Picture yourself growing up here as one of Ephraim and Minerva Bales' nine children. Look around. This was your world. Imagine yourself and 10 others living in this . . . — Map (db m20423) HM
Tennessee (Sevier County), Gatlinburg — Village Gate
This archway is built from bricks made by the slaves of William Rober McCroskey in 1842. They are believed to be the oldest bricks in this area having been used in the first brick building erected in Sevier County. The slate roof came from the . . . — Map (db m70486) HM
Tennessee (Sevier County), Gatlinburg — Wiley Oakley"Roamin Man of the Mountains"
1885 - 1954 Mountain Guide....Philosopher Naturalist....Writer Wiley loved his Mountains and all God's Creatures Therein. — Map (db m20415) HM

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