If you are looking for an evening full of adventure and fun then you should definitely check out the Ghost Haunt and Tour while you are in Gatlinburg! It is one of the only tours I have ever heard of that actually guaranteed that if you brought a digital or video
camcorder on the tour you would see evidence of some type of paranormal event. The reason they can say this is because they have done the research to back up the tour, they know the area history and the tragic events that have occurred that might cause a spirit to be trapped in our realm. Because of this you will find that the tour guide doesn’t have a need to wear a costume or put on a spooky voice while telling their tales. The facts back up the haunts and when you trace the facts it is inevitable that you will come across one or two paranormal events, it’s just as simple as that.
The tour takes approximately 90 minutes and anyone is welcome to join, strollers and wheelchairs are often seen on the tours. The guide leads each tour at a leisurely pace through the different areas of downtown Gatlinburg, and tells the tragic tales and events
that have taken place at each documented haunt. They encourage the use of digital and video cameras along the way so that you can capture and share the experience with friends and family. Each tour has around ten stories, half of the stories are history and the other half will consist of tall tales and legends.
The tour leads you to the Gatlinburg White Oaks Flat Cemetery which has been named in the National Historic Registry. There you will be able to capture many images of orbs, there also have been sightings of a white apparition and even a dark apparition. I can tell you from past experience that you can not walk away from the cemetery in the evening without at least one hair raising experience. Many guests of the tour have captured images of orbs and EVP recordings of voices all along the tour, they have often shared these experiences on the Ghost Haunt and Tours of Gatlinburg Facebook
page www.facebook.com/pages/Ghost-and-Haunt-Tours-of-Gatlinburg . You can visit their pages and find many different examples of what to expect should you take this exciting tour.
The tours run from March 1st through October 31st, reservations are required and you can make them both via phone (865).366.5834 and online www.GatlinburgGhosts.com there is a slight discount if you book your tour online. There must be at least six adults in your group in order to book a tour, there is a group rate for groups of 20 and above. The tours generally depart at 9:00 PM nightly from the Smoky Mountain Resort on The Historic Nature Trail, adult tickets are just $18.00 and children are just $10.00 (children are classified as 8-14 years of age) children ages 7 and under are free of charge. Make sure and book your tour early because they do tend to book up fairly early. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome, it is an easy and leisurely walk for everyone.
Directions to the tour: go to light #8 in Gatlinburg and turn onto the Historic Nature trail. Travel 2/10ths of a mile and pull into the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Smoky Mountain Resort (located on the right side of the street – 404 Historic Nature Trail). Park in the lot for FREE, please go into the lobby and see the guide for a parking pass – if guide is not there yet you can get a pass from the front desk and place it on the dashboard so that it is visiable. Vehicles do need to be gone by midnight. If the lot is full go to the back of it and there are lower levels below ground to park in, proceed to the lobby for check in.