Noah “Bud” Ogle was a Smoky Mountain farmer who first settled in what is now Gatlinburg with his wife Cindy in 1879. Their cabin, pictured above was built in the 1880’s and is a great place to visit to get a glimpse of what pioneer life was like in the Appalachian Mountains. The cabin consists of two cabins sharing a single chimney, known as a “saddlebag” style. The Ogle cabin also has a very unique feature for the time…running water. A wooden plume ran from a spring near the cabin up to the back porch. Once there the water poured into a double sink made from a large log. In 1977 the Ogle homestead was added to the National Register of Historic Places and is currently maintained by the National Park Service as part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Ogle farm is the first stop on the Roaring Fork Motor Trail. There is also a very nice self-guiding nature trail, the Ogle Nature Trail that begins just off the back porch. The trail winds its way through a forest of large hemlock and yellow-poplar to the banks of LeConte Creek. Here you’ll find the remnants of the Ogle Tub Mill and sluice way seen below.
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