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Demise of the Wonderland Hotel

Demise of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Wonderland Hotel

Wonderland Hotel Elkmont Great Smoky Mountains
Wonderland Hotel Elkmont 1993

For decades the Wonderland Hotel stood in the Elkmont section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Much has been written about the history of the hotel that was constructed in 1911 and its role prior to and after the establishment of the national park.

This article is about the history of the Wonderland Hotel after it was closed in 1992. The National Park Service was confronted with the dilemma of what to do with an eighty year old structure that was badly in need of repair. Continue reading

Appalachian Club Great Smoky Mountains

Appalachian Club Great Smoky Mountains

The restored Appalachian Club House in the Elkmont area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Elkmont Cabins at Clubtown

Elkmont Cabins at Clubtown

TheĀ Elkmont Cabins at Clubtown were owned by vacationers from nearby Knoxville before the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While many have fallen into ruin a select few are maintained by the park service.

Wonderland Hotel Elkmont Great Smoky Mountains

Wonderland Hotel Elkmont Great Smoky Mountains

The Wonderland Hotel in Elkmont deteriorated rapidly after it was closed. Now all that remains is the brick fireplace.

Wonderland Hotel Stone Steps 1994

Wonderland Hotel Stone Steps

The Wonderland Hotel Stone Steps as they were in 1994.The Wonderland Hotel was an Elkmont fixture until it was shut down in the early 1990s.

Today you can barely find the stone steps and the hotel is long gone.

Avent Cabin near Elkmont

The Avent Cabin Near Elkmont.

The Avent Cabin in Elkmont is on the National Register of Historic places. The Artist Mayna Avent spent a lot of time on her art in this simple house.

Colorful Fall leaves in the Great Smoky Mountains

Colorful Fall leaves in the Great Smoky Mountains

This photo of colorful fall leaves in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was taken from the place where the Wonderland Hotel used to stand.

It’s easy to imagine sitting in a rocking chair on the long covered porch looking out at this view.