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Secret Spot in the Smoky Mountains: the Voorheis Estate and House of the Fairies

Smoky Mountains is a place we all love to visit. Next time you go there, we suggest you do some exploring and discover the House of the Fairies that’s located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The House of the Fairies is part of the Voorheis Estate, a larger estate that dates back to the early 1900s.

Scroll down below to find out more about this old springhouse and where you can find it.

From 1928 to 1944, a man named Louis E. Voorheis developed a mountain retreat that spanned across a 38-acre site. He called the area the Voorheis Estate. The site is located only a mile from Gatlinburg off of Cherokee Orchard Road. Voorheis conveyed a rustic appearance on the estate in the buildings and landscape features by using natural materials. Many streams that flow through the estate were using in his design. In addition, he planted flowers, shrubs, and trees.

In 1933, Voorheis deeded the property to the National Park Service which tool full management of the property in 1952.

Today, the Voorheis Estate is still present in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It consists of the main house, 2 guest cabins, a horse barn, an apple barn and some remnants too. However, many of the original buildings and historic landscape plantings were removed from the estate over time as a lack of maintenance. Still, many of the remaining buildings are in quite good conditions.

The House of the Fairies is one building you gotta make sure to see when you visit the site. This old springhouse is definitely a most-loved place for hikers who love stumbling upon this old stone house. The House of the Fairies is located in the Twin Creeks area of the park. And in order to get there, you have to hike he Twin Creeks Trail, a 1.9-mile trail that’s super easy to do! You’ll have to veer off the trail a little bit to uncover this secret spot, but once you spot the house, you will see that it was all worth it.

Other Secret Spots in the Smoky Mountains
The House of the Fairies and the remaining Voorheis Estate aren’t the only amazing spots in the area, though. There many many other astonishing places for you to search during your visit. Check the list below for these other spots!

Secret Tunnel Under Clingmans Dome: The Thomas Divide Tunnel 

This tunnel was built under the roadbed to keep hikers from having to cross over Clingmans Dome Road. It’s located just less than a mile west of the junction between Clingmans Dome Road and Newfound Gap Road.

Gourley’s Pond in Cades Cove

Only some hiking is needed for you to find this beautiful spot. After passing the south end of Sparks Lane, leave your car at the LeQuite and walk down the loop road for about 200 feet until you see the path on your right. Then, walk for around 100 feet on that path. After that, you have reached your destination.

Secret Entrance to the National Park: The Wears Valley entrance

The Wears Valley entrance is a quieter entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you take this route, they you have to drive on a bridge over a river from where you can see a beautiful scenery in front of your eyes.

Now, I think it’s time you plan your next visit to the Smoky Mountains and see all of these amazing spots for yourself!

HT: Visit My Smokies

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Written by Ketrin Ulbrich

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