Have you ever watched Paranormal Activity, Annabelle, or any scary movie and wondered, “What would I do in that situation? Would I be brave or run for the hills?” Well, you’ll find your chance to test your wherewithal at the Mysterious Mansion of Gatlinburg! Stride bravely along the cobblestone drive, but hold on to that courage as long as you can. Enter through the rusted cast-iron gates and approach a pale Victorian mansion, home to a haunted past you will come to face to face with.
The Mysterious Mansion staff delight in sharing the story of the ill-fated family who once inhabited the home. This desolate home is still owned by a descendant of the original proprietors of the mansion. Now, those who work at the Mysterious Mansion pass the owner’s story along to heed warning to those who would dare stay too long within. This old Victorian house does not make your task of escaping easy, however, with a 3-story maze of hallways and dark rooms. You must hurry to get out because this house is to blame for the insanity and deaths of an entire family!
If you still dare to enter, move through the winding hallways and secret passageways to help you and your loved ones find a way out of this possessive prison. Maybe you are the fearless leader of your group, and solving this mystery is what keeps your head level in the darkness. Good, because someone must step up to the challenge if there is any hope of getting out unscathed! Every moment and sight is filled with chilling entities; dolls with long-lost owners, souls trapped in paintings, and body bags, sleepily swaying from the ceiling, litter this nightmare-come-to-life. Be careful of what you may find while fumbling around in the dimly lit rooms as you search for the secret hallways. You must keep going, however, remembering the tale. The whispers in the darkness only grow louder the farther you and your companions get, because these tortured souls desire more company! What started as a creak in the floor or something like a shadow in your peripherals will materialize when you least expect it…The final room will test everyone’s last bit of sanity, but as you make your way out back into the light of the sun or moon, you’ll find that you are all accounted for – and the sighs and laughs of relief will come. You’ve made it, and now it’s time to call each other out for who screamed the loudest or who was the bravest. The experience of the Mysterious Mansion is like seeing a scary movie, but multiplied by the fun of really being part of the horror and fighting your way out together!
The final room will test everyone’s last bit of sanity, but as you make your way out back into the light of the sun or moon, you’ll find that you are all accounted for – and the sighs and laughs of relief will come. You’ve made it, and now it’s time to call each other out for who screamed the loudest or who was the bravest. The experience of the Mysterious Mansion is like seeing a scary movie, but multiplied by the fun of really being part of the horror and fighting your way out together!
If being professionally creepy is a thing, the staff at Mysterious Mansion are experts. Each actor employed takes pride in competing for more screams and jumps. The staff is what sends this haunted house experience from an average spook to an extraordinarily frightening experience. After the haunting has been conquered, talk to the staff, because they can give you even more insight to Gatlinburg’s haunted past. You will see the passion in their work through their ability to curate the most thrilling fun for everyone. While scaring you is the main objective, the staff is trained in the art of an individual haunting. So, what they may do to surprise you, they dial down for the younger patrons. Not only are they spooky, but even in a haunted house the attitude of Southern hospitality is still present.
As the more and more brave souls challenged the Mysterious Mansion, the owners of the desolate home decided to up the stakes. In 2015, Gatlinburg’s longest-living home to the undead was renovated, adding more scare artists, more props, and more challenges! Everything you will encounter inside this haunted house is an authentic find from an antique shop, so each piece has its own lost past that may just speak out to you. Mysterious Mansion also calls on more tortured souls every Halloween season to help you properly celebrate the coming of All Hallows’ Eve!
Don’t let your fears get the best of you, however, because these ghost and ghouls still want this to be a family affair! Many TripAdvisor reviews mention “just the right amount of scary” and “great fun even for children.” Still not a believer in the paranormal or think you have nerves of steel? Check out the Mysterious Mansion’s eerie promotional video located on their homepage! Or, better yet, much of the scare is in the unknown and it’s best that you simply make your plans and step into the darkness without warning…
Helpful Travel Information
This haunted mansion is tucked away into a spooky dead-end, but it is still accessible from the main roads in downtown Gatlinburg.
424 River Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
There are a couple parking decks located across River Road, and because Gatlinburg encourages sightseeing on foot, there are ample, safe crosswalks to use.
Hours of operation for the Mysterious Mansion are consistent from March through October and vary during the off-season. Off season hours do fluctuate, but you can visit the official Mysterious Mansion website or simply call (865) 436-7007 for the most up-to-date info.
Peak season hours
Monday through Thursday: 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday: 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The paranormal historians want everyone included in their adventures, and they recently added a 7 p.m. van tour so those with stresses on their mobility are able to partake! The regularly scheduled walking tour begins at 9 p.m. Both tours last 1.5 to 2 hours, giving patrons the real bang for their buck. Take a journey with your paranormal investigator and Gatlinburg history expert through the haunted past of this Smoky Mountain town. A tour is not all you get; Ghost and Haunt supplies its guest investigators with real ghost hunting equipment to use out in the field! Ghost and Haunt Tours has received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and continues to be one of Gatlinburg visitors’ favorite excursions. Don’t believe? Test your lack of faith in the supernatural and make a reservation for you and your fellow skeptics!