Ghost Walk combines
a mixture of legend
Get your walking shoes on and get ready to have a great time learning about the history of Gatlinburg and visiting a few ghosts along the way.
Gatlinburg’s newest attraction, “Ghost Walk” is a narrated short walk that takes about an hour. Comfortable shoes are a must and a warm jacket and umbrella can sometimes come in handy.
Ghost Walk is the brainchild of co-owner Gabrielle Taylor. “I enjoy the ghost walks they have in Charlotte North Carolina and realized that there wasn’t this type of an attraction in Gatlinburg, so we decided to start one,” stated Taylor.
The tours are lead by a couple of friendly ghosts who are dressed in period clothing complete with lantern. Passing through the haunted spots along the walkways you will hear the story of a pizza restaurant that evidentially had to close because the ghosts would come in at night and cause havoc, leaving the workers to return in the morning to clean up their mess. The restaurant sits next to a cemetery. Evidentially, part of the cemetery had to be moved to make way for the restaurant, unearthing some pretty unhappy souls.
Each story is different and is filled with a mix of true-life happenings, legend and superstitions. The tour departs from the White Oak Flats Cemetery located behind the Village area in Gatlinburg, a proper place to begin.
Bushrad Gregiby, also known as Bill Moss, does a wonderful job of making believers out of even the most stubborn non-believer. Keep your eyes out for Gregiby’s sidekick Pam Maples who is only too willing to sneak up with a ‘boo!’ during the scariest part of the story.
Moss is a history buff and is quick to point out some of the most frightening parts of the tour. “Go over there and tell the lady working at that candy shop that she is standing over a grave,” Moss instructs one of the tourists to do. No one is too anxious to obey.
The tour is fun and scary all at the same time. It’s great for all ages though it may be a little tame for the teenagers looking for the saws and blades.
If one tour is not enough for you, a second tour of area businesses and the mysterious things that have happened there is also available. Included in this walk is the story of Lydia, a jilted bride who hung herself at the Greenbrier Inn Restaurant. It is said that Lydia’s ghost is still at the Inn, haunting it on a daily basis.
The Ghost Walk is a story-telling experience that is worth the walk. “In the summer we have headstone scratching for the kids,” stated Taylor. “The kids love it even though a few do get scared.”
When the tour concludes, it will have you asking, “Do I believe?” If you weren’t a believer at the beginning of the tour, you just may be by the end.
Offered are three tours a night at 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight. Prices are $13 for adults and $6 for children ages 6 to 12, kids five and under are free. Sevier County residents receive a half-price discount and in the first week of April the tours are free for locals. Tickets aren’t sold, so you need to call to make reservations. For more information you can call 556-0674.