Gatlinburg's Abandoned Theme Park - Exploring Fun Mountain

Did you know that proper in downtown Gatlinburg lies an amusement park identified as Pleasurable Mountain? If you’ve been to Gatlinburg in the very last handful of a long time, you are most likely expressing “Wait a moment – I’ve pushed by way of Gatlinburg and didn’t see any deserted amusement park.” The trick is you have to know exactly where to glance!

Fun Mountain

Fun Mountain opened in 1993 on the land that earlier housed the Mountain Check out Lodge, which was a single of the quite first motels in Gatlinburg, obtaining opened in 1926. You can surely argue it was a travesty to tear down these types of a historic home, but even so, the previous setting up was demolished and a theme park developed in its area – Exciting Mountain!

If you are curious to investigate this outdated theme park oneself, you will discover it at the back of the parking large amount around the corner of 321 and East Parkway. We simply cannot say for positive if it is deemed trespassing to go search at it, so enterprise at your individual chance. We have recognized that it is not abnormal to see police officers parked nearby. You can park near the again of the parking lot (we do recommend paying out the parking charge, lest you possibility obtaining your auto towed), and then make your way toward the tunnel.

Fun Mountain tunnel

Search up and you will promptly notice ski elevate chairs continue to suspended in the air. It is a small little bit creepy, as the trees and woods have overtaken the at the time active journey.

There are two approaches to go – through the tunnel, or up a path by way of the woods you come to just before the tunnel. To your still left you will see the remnants of a crumbled swimming pool. Go by means of the tunnel, and you obtain yourself generally at someone’s house. There does not seem to be any where else to go, so that is the finish of it. And once again, you may well very effectively be trespassing on someone’s land at that position. So really don’t tarry.

Path up hill

The other way to go is up the path via the woods. When you get to the top you find…a parking lot. The truth is all of the points of interest have prolonged because been taken off. So if you’re exploring for abandoned Tilt-a-Whirls and the like, you may be dissatisfied. But there are undoubtedly artifacts remaining, these as what was the moment the foundation and handle tower for the ski raise.

Abandoned swimming pool

You may possibly also recognize some towers arising in the distance that have been part of the park, but as considerably as we can convey to, getting there would require climbing really rough, steep terrain, on land that is likely personal home.

Abandoned swimming pool

If you would like to study more about Fun Mountain, you can nevertheless check out their aged web page on the Net archive. It is interesting to choose a seem back at the internet marketing materials and copy for the when bustling park.

In some cases the most exciting things in a tourist city are off the map. If you obtain your self strolling all-around Gatlinburg in the temper for exploration, go give Enjoyable Mountain a glimpse. E book your room at Edgewater Lodge and you can just walk to it and help save a $20 parking rate!

Tower in distance

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