Tennessee is home of so many fun attractions and historical places to visit, from Graceland to the Titanic Museum. Then there are some less well-known, yet equally entertaining places to go that you might not ever have heard of. Here are three unusual tourist attractions that you can visit on your next trip to Tennessee.
The Bell Witch Cave
As the story goes, the cave was home to a vicious, evil witch who terrorized the Bell family by keeping them awake long into the night with unusual, eerie sounds. It’s also claimed that she violently beat members of the family, and eventually killed John Bell. Yet, during this same period of time she also saved a young child who’d become trapped in a hole inside the cave, and gave him a quick safety lesson about cave exploration. Many who visit the cave report that strange happenings take place there, and it’s widely accepted to be the scariest place on the haunted Bell farm, located in Adams, Tennessee.
The Lost Sea
Tennessee has some of the most remarkable caves. If The Bell Witch Cave isn’t your cup of tea, perhaps you would enjoy a visit to The Lost Sea, located in Sweetwater, the nation’s largest underground lake. Spanning more than 4 acres, the lake is recognized as a national natural landmark by the Department of the Interior. It is considered unique among cave lakes, not only for its size, but also because of the abundance of rare anthodites located there. It also has some of the largest trout in North America living within its waters. After enjoying a ¾ mile walk through the beautiful cavern, you’ll be able to board a flat-bottom boat to explore the lake. You’ll even have the option to spend the night in the cave and to explore some of the less visited areas of the cavern.
Lost Cove Settlement
Located in Erwin, Tennessee, the Lost Cove Settlement is one of America’s quintessential ghost towns. Because of its location, an area of contested territory during the early 1900’s, it originally attracted moonshiners hoping to escape prosecution for crimes. The area began to flourish as the lumber industry moved in, followed by the railroad, though its population never rose above 100. However, both industries had left the area, and Tennessee had still not built a modern road to the town, and by 1957 the last family had abandoned the town. Today, several homes remain intact, and visitors can visit the town’s cemetery, which has some graves over 100 years old.
These three unusual places to visit are among the most unique, yet they are certainly not the only choices for the traveler who enjoys getting off the beaten path to visit less well-known places.