reply to post by Huntsman360
Sorry for the delayed reply, had power outage in the area last night and it shut down the net... ofcourse it didn't help that my laptop battery was
already low when the power died...
No problem about the off-topic question.
I am not sure in which thread you are referencing, or what it is that I reveal in the post you mention.
I know of 2-3 strange things on Bluff Mountain. One of them actually set the mountain on fire, where it burned for a couple weeks recently. They
claimed arson, but the 'un-official' story is that there was a government contractor/military presence in the area and they are responisible for
setting the mountain ablaze.
The fire originated where there is a very suspicious entrance to, what appears to be, an underground base of sorts. The entrance is constructed out of
reinforced concrete, including the massive doors.
It is located in a low point of a valley. It's position could best be described as being situated at the rear most point of a lake cove, if the lake
were drained, revealing the lake floor and the valley that creates the cover.
Also, it is built underground and it's entry is is onlye visible if you are standing right in front of it. Imagine a rolling hill, in the shape of a
horse-shoe, with a door at the base of the hill and positioned at the deepest point of the horse-shoe.
It is also reminiscent of a 'mound' home, where the home is underground and any angle it is seen from, other than facing head on, makes it
impossible to know the mound is anything more than a mound.
If you travel to the top of Bluff Mountain, where the fire-towers and ranger lookout tower are located. I am not sure, but I believe you can still
climb to the top of the Ranger's Tower. It is smalle, with a tin roof and window frames, with no windows, that spin like a rolling pin.
From atop the tower, you can see Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, Mt Leconte, Seymour, Sevierville, Maryville and Chapman Hwy all the way to the 'Sun
Sphere'. Great place to go on the 4th of July!
When you reach the pinnacle of Bluff Mountain, you will see where the tower is. You can pull off and head up to the tower, you can turn around and
head back down, or you can continue on the path that turns into gravel after you reach the tower's location.
That path eventually lets you loop around, hooking back into Bluff Mtn. Rd. There, you can continue your decent or head back to the tower.
The point where the gravel path splits back to Bluff Mtn Rd also has another path that leads deeper into the mountainside. Eventually the path dead
ends and appears to simply be an unfinished back road. Most people simply turn around, or some park and have a few beers, because no one ever goes
back there regularly.
If you look closely, you can see where the path continues, although it is grown up quit a bit. There is a lot of undergrowth and frustrating thorns
along the path, but there are no real large trees to hinder a 4wd's passage. Thanks to the undergrowth, it just looks like there is no path and no
one even attempts to go down it.
We were messing around out there, walking through the woods, playing hide-n-go-seek with old-style paintball guns, when we discovered the entrance
way. It was locked and appeared as if it hadn't been disturbed in a bit, but not as long as it would take for the path to be overgrown to the extent
it was. We figured someone must be walking to it andgoing inside, but we never could confirm that.
There are some other strange things associated with the out of place structure, but nothing that would help you find it any better.
So, go to the top of Bluff Mtn, where the towers are. Instead of turning back, continue along the gravel road. Eventually you'll see a place where
the road seems to split off, left goes back to Bluff Mtn Rd and the right seems to dead end a few feet in.
When you find this place, follow the overgrown path for about 45 minutes (walking speed) or until the path leads to the back wall of a valley/cove.
Once you get there, you just need to keep your eyes open and you'll notice the undergrowth begins to thin out. About 15-20ft away from the door you
will be able to see gravel on the path, as-well-as weeds growing through it in patches.
Hope this helps you find it. It is definitely something I'd like to know more about. It's like a myth that old-timers talk about. No one expects it
to be true, but it is... I'm fairly certain that not a lot of local people know about it, outside of who my friends and myself told about it... and
the 5,750,224,149 people I just told online..