Smoky Mountain History

The Little Pigeon River in Greenbrier in the Smoky Mountains.

Located along the Middle Fork of the Little Pigeon River, Greenbrier is a scenic valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Before the establishment of the park, Greenbrier was home to a community that once numbered 500 people. To help you prepare for your next vacation, we have put together four fun facts about Greenbrier in the Smoky Mountains.

Black and white photo of trees in the Smoky Mountains.

Here at Greenbrier Campground, we’ve always believed that camping is an activity that’s enjoyed by creative, intelligent people…and history agrees with us! Two of America’s greatest geniuses, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, used to take incredible camping trips all across the country, including the Great Smoky Mountains. Of course, camping with Edison and Ford wasn’t your typical weekend getaway. Read on to learn all about the most epic Smoky Mountain camping trip of the 20th century.

The tunnel of a mine.

Here at Greenbrier Campground, we love sharing local history with our visitors. Before the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Greenbrier area was home to a thriving community of people whose ancestors first settled in the region in the mid-1700s. One of our favorite stories from Greenbrier’s past concerns Perry Shults, the proprietor of a fabled Smoky Mountain gold mine. Read on to learn all about one of the wildest legends from the Smokies.