This location is about 8 miles deep into western end of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. There is a small campground about halfway in, but the rest of the way is a small gravel road that is only lightly used. Not too many people go back there due to more popular areas of the park receiving most of the traffic. Mostly what you'll see is the occasional local trout fishing or hiking.
One day while driving in I happen to look over at the river that follows the road all the way back. What I saw was completely by chance and still amazes me every time I think about it.
Right there along the river was a huge boulder with a small rock stack on top. I immediately stopped and backed up to take a look.
This is a video of the first time I saw the rock stack.
It really surprised me to find this in such a secluded area. What interested me was the single white rock on top which I've been told is a Native American symbol. It didn't appear to be a location where cars and people usually stop. I didn't mess with the stack, but decided to see if anything changed by the next time I visited. When I returned it still looked the same so I decided to build my own stack on a nearby boulder and see what happened the next time I came down.
This is what I found on my next trip after I built my rock stack...
I only spent about 5 months researching this area. To this day I still feel there was definitely something very odd about it and didn't have very welcoming feelings there.