A hiker came across the abandoned town of the "Wonderland Club" vacation community just outside of the logging town of Elkmont in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and filmed his exploration.

October is a time for ghosts and while a ghost town isn't by the strictest definition of a ghost, in a manner of speaking, they are incredibly similar to ghosts, and not just because of the name. A ghost town is a place that has been forgotten by time. They were once relevant, once active, and now forgotten. The identity that the town once held is no longer remembered, the bustling, active location now replaced with dilapidated buildings and despair. Those who loved and cherished the place are long gone, they moved on when the town did.

Jordan Liles, an avid photographer and hiker stumbled across one such ghost town, the "Elkmont Historic District: Wonderland Club" in August of 2013 and filmed his exploration of the forgotten property.

Jordan described his visit:

About a mile up an unnamed gravel road inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the back way into an abandoned neighborhood and hotel, some of which was originally constructed more than 100 years ago. In the fully edited film...Tennessee Wonderland, I explore the houses and the remains of what was once referred to as the Wonderland Club.

According to a Great Smoky Mountains National Park sign that Jordan comes across, the Elkmont Historic District: Wonderland Club vacant buildings were once part of the "Wonderland Club" vacation community that grew up as a private social club adjacent to the logging town of Elkmont.

As Tennessee and North Carolina acquired property for the creation of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in the 1920s and 1930s the property that was the Elkmont Historic District Wonderland Club were purchased and leased accordingly.

Now, the National Parks service is currently conducting an Environmental Impact Statement to determine the future management of the district.


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