In the hills of the Great Smoky Mountains is a springhouse so magical it looks like fairies could live there.

Fun Things to Do in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Lots of folks here take trips to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge because there are so many great things to do with friends, family, or as a couple.  Lots of "tourist" favorites like the downtown strip with the Skylift, Ripley's Believe It or Not and Aquarium, dinner theatres and Dollywood. But visitors to the area should definitely also take time to explore the great outdoors.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Louis E. Voorheis Estate

About a mile from Gatlinburg off Cherokee Orchard Road is the long forgotten hideaway of a man named Louis E. Voorheis.  He purchased the 38 acre piece of land in June 1928 for $8,000. Wanting an oasis in the wilderness away from his busy life as an entrepreneur and socialite, he used fieldstone and hand hewn logs to create a gorgeous rustic estate with a beautiful home, gardens, barns and fountains.

Voorheis was fascinated with water power and engineering and supposedly chose this area because of the two creeks that were close to each other. Hence the name of the Twin Creeks Trail used to access the now overgrown springhouse.  This structure once fed into a beautiful man made pool and other water features on the property. Here is a video of what the area looks like now.


And here is a great guide showing you how to find the House of Fairies in the Great Smoky Mountains.

You may not see any fairies or sprites, but the trail and springhouse are just beautiful. The moss growing on the stones and the running waterfalls make it look like something from a fairytale.

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These are the battlefields that defined the United States military’s journey from upstart Colonial rebels to an invincible global war machine.

Gallery Credit: Andrew Lisa

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