Palmer Chapel

Great Smoky Mountains

A beautifully kept historic chapel in the Cataloochee region of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
(Video: 4 minutes 4 seconds)
+more (video transcript)
The Cataloochee Region of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a treasure trove of historical buildings that are available for the general public to check out and enjoy. One of these items is the historic Palmer Chapel which was built in 1903 and remodeled in 1929. Today it is a historic gem and reminder of what life used to be like over 100 years ago. It is open for visitors to explore and enjoy and is furnished with pews and a pulpit.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is over 800 square miles of beautiful forest that straddles a section of the Appalachian Mountains in Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the most visited national park in the United States. This pristine region is absolutely stunning in its beauty is host to a number of natural, historical, and cultural attractions.

The Palmer Chapel is located just off the main road that traverses the region, the Cataloochee Entrance Road. While it is generally considered a road-side attraction the chapel is recessed back about 300' from the road right about where it becomes unpaved. While it is set back from the road, it is still visible from and there is good signage and roadside parking, so you shouldn't miss it. The Cataloochee Region is about 70 minutes from Asheville North Carolina. There are no restrooms at the chapel but there are public bathrooms at the Cataloochee Campground as you enter the region and at the historic Palmer House.

The Palmer Chapel is located in a beautiful and peaceful spot in the valley with a large grass field leading up to it and Cataloochee Creek flowing a few yards out the front door. Attending services here 100+ years ago must have been an experience. At the time, the community was not large enough for a full time preacher so services were held when a visiting preacher came to town; which was usually monthly. Today it is beautifully kept and maintained and open for all to visit and enjoy.

Check out all of the other historic buildings in the area. We have episodes available on all them so be sure to view those before visiting.
The Palmer Chapel
Palmer Chapel from the Road
Inside Palmer Chapel
Address & GPS
Cataloochee Entrance Rd
Waynesville, NC 28785
35.626626N, -83.109279W
Map this location
Weather Details & Forecast
68% Humidity
Moderate rain
Moderate rain
80% Humidity
Patchy rain possible
Patchy rain possible
62% Humidity
Partly cloudy
Partly cloudy
53% Humidity
Nearby Attractions
Beech Grove School (0.2 mi.)
The Caldwell House (0.6 mi.)
The Woody House (1.7 mi.)
The Palmer House (1.9 mi.)
HD Carolina on Facebook Facebook
HD Carolina on Instagram Instagram
HD Carolina on Pinterest Pinterest
HD Carolina on Twitter Twitter
HD Carolina on YouTube YouTube
Copyright © 2016-2020
HDCarolina, LLC
Privacy Policy | Terms and Conditions
Advertise | Services | Contact Us