The Strange-ness: Mysterious Activity in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Strange-ness -- The Grey Area News --
The Strange-ness -- The Grey Area News --

By Frank and Kay Whatley

A deep crack was discovered July 12th slicing a Blue Ridge Parkway road in two. The feet-deep fissure, caused by weather, led to the road’s closure. This road closure northeast of Asheville NC is not the only road closure in Western NC. A road closed in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) has a strange cause.

Sixty miles to the West near Cherokee, repeated road closures brought with them mysterious sounds, sickening residues, and heavy vehicle and air traffic.

According to Skyships Over Cashiers, strange things began happening following the closing of GSMNP public roads. Beyond the barricades, residents began reporting loud booming and grinding noises.

Several residents who traveled into the park on foot and by ATV were turned away by armed men. One person who walked through the woods to take photos of the Great Smoky Mountains “Masonic Monument” began feeling nauseous, and shortly after heard loud booming noises. No construction has been seen, despite the noise above and from under the ground.

In addition to a sensation of sickness, some residents have found odd residues on their property following an airplane fly-over. It is unknown what “crop dust” or defoliant would be used in these forest-and-residential areas. More than a few residents developed respiratory illnesses following the residue’s discovery.

Several residents and visitors to the park reported unexplained heavy equipment movements and aircraft fly-overs. The equipment included trailers hauling odd structures. The fly-overs included large military aircraft used for containers drops and “crop dusting” aircraft. These activities are near Balsam Mountain.

To read eyewitness reports or share your own experience, visit As they gather more facts and details on these strange activities on public lands, the information will be shared through that site.

Ed. Note: First published in the July 19-August 1, 2013 issue of The Grey Area newspaper, which may be read online (PDF).

It was also a topic explored later in an article at in October 2013, which may be read here.

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