Tennessee Wonderland: Exploring an Abandoned Neighborhood and Hotel in the Tennessee Mountains

Update (September 20, 2013): I'm happy to report that both The Huffington Post and Yahoo News have picked up this story. Thanks to everyone for all your support!

Update (October 7, 2014): While I'm glad so many people have now watched my short film "Tennessee Wonderland", I am disappointed that several media organizations have spread misinformation that Elkmont "hasn't been inhabited for 100 years". There are also a lot of people who misinterpreted me saying that I "discovered" the Wonderland Hotel. This, of course, is laughable since the hotel is right next to a well-traveled road. When I said "discovered" I meant that I made my own discovery. "Stumbled upon" might have been clearer. I lived in Tennessee for 26 years and love vacationing in the Smokies, and hope everyone can understand. Thank you.

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 below, Tennessee Wonderland, I explore the houses and the remains of what was once referred to as the Wonderland Club. I've applied color correction, balanced audio levels, cut everything down to the essentials without sacrificing interesting moments and most importantly, I made sure to place importance on including a proper ending.

I have also put together several of my stills for viewing, all of which give a static view of a moment in this peaceful setting. Feel free to click this link to view the photos and use the left and right arrow keys to flip through the album.

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I also explored an abandoned island resort and am excited to have more urban exploration videos on the way in the future.