Alex Cole Cabin

5 mi. S of Gatlinburg off U.S. 441 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee



The Alex Cole Cabin is a historic house in Sevier County, Tennessee, United States, along Roaring Fork within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The last remaining building of the community of Sugarlands community proper, it was built by Albert Alexander "Alex" Cole (18701958). The cabin was moved to the Jim Bales Place along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (the last owners of the Jim Bales Place lived in a relatively modern frame house) Alex Cole was one of the most industrious residents of the Sugarlands. In the early 1900s, Cole and his sons made a weekly trek across Sugarland Mountain via what is now the Huskey Gap Trail to Elkmont, where they worked for the Little River Lumber Company. As tourism increased in the mountains in the 1920s, Cole began offering his services as a mountain guide, especially for tourists wanting to hike to the summit of Mount Le Conte. Historian Vic Weals wrote that Cole's "considerable knowledge of his wilderness" made him "one of the more sought-after native guides."

"Photo: Brian Stansberry / Creative Commons


National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 2, 1976
Reference number
NR name
Cole, Alex, Cabin
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1800-1824; 1825-1849

Update Log 

  • October 25, 2015: Photo imported by pam phillips