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On March 1st of 2015, the Alcoa Ridge Runners took a stroll for two and a half miles up the Little River Trail in the Elkmont area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They went to see the snow melting and icicles clinging to the bluffs and rocks along the river bank. At the beginning of the hike, the path would pass by many derelict houses, the remains of a once thriving vacation village.
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its kinda erie walking thru once thriving villages wondering what was it like who lived and died here etc etc ...a small hamlet near by was flooded many many years ago to form a reservoir and once in awhile they drain in low and you can still drive the old road ..no houses but old twisted Bridges and rock wall foundations still remain ..
This one was inhabited by flamboyant rich folks who were spending the money they made logging the woods. I am glad that the USNPS has control of this area now. It is where the largest clear mountain river in Blount County flows... the source of drinking water for over 1090,000 people downstream.