Featured Trips Types:

  • All Featured Trips
  • National Parks Trips & Tips
  • Outdoor Escapes
  • Ghost Guides
  • Weird Guides
  • Camping & Road Trips
  • 48 Hour City Guides
  • Family Road Trips
  • Classic USA Road Trips
  • Interstate Highway Exit Guides
  • Scenic Drives
  • Airstream - Live Riveted
  • Thor Industries
  • Fun for the Whole Family
  • Grand County
  • Explore Memphis like a Local
  • Offbeat Camping
  • Scenic Routes
  • Outdoor Adventure
Clear All

Accommodation Types:

  • All Accommodation
  • Bed and Breakfasts & Inns
  • Boutique Hotels
  • Hostels
  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Unique Stays


Look for FastBook for quick links to
your favorite booking sites

Clear All

Attractions & Culture Types:

  • All Attractions & Culture
  • Amusement Parks
  • Children's Attractions
  • Fall Attractions
  • Museums
  • Offbeat Attractions
  • Top Attractions
  • Tours & Excursions
  • Winter Attractions
  • Zoos & Aquariums
Look for the icon to book the best
tours and activities nearby.
Clear All

Food & Drink Types:

  • All Food & Drink
  • Bars & Drinks
  • Burgers & BBQ
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Delis & Bakeries
  • Diners & Breakfast Spots
  • Ice Cream & Sweets
  • Restaurants
  • Vegetarian & Health Food
  • Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries
Clear All

Outdoors & Recreation Types:

  • All Outdoors & Recreation
  • Beaches
  • Fall Foliage
  • Geographical Areas
  • Geographical Features
  • National Parks
  • Nature Reserves
  • Parks & Gardens
  • Scenic Point
  • Swimming Spots
  • Trails & Hikes
Clear All

Points of Interest Types:

  • All Points of Interest
  • Abandoned
  • Architecture
  • College Icons
  • Film & TV
  • Historic
  • Holiday Lights
  • Literature
  • Military
  • Monuments
  • Photo Op
  • Planes, Trains, Autos
  • Public Art
  • Science & Tech
  • Spooky Places
Clear All

Vacation Rentals Types:

  • All Vacation Rentals
  • HomeAway
  • Vacation Rentals

We’ve partnered with HomeAway to find you the perfect vacation rental.

Clear All

Camping & RV Types:

  • All Camping & RV
  • Cottages & Cabins
  • KOA Campgrounds
  • RV Parks
  • Tent Campgrounds
Clear All

Entertainment & Nightlife Types:

  • All Entertainment & Nightlife
  • Art Galleries
  • Casinos & Gaming
  • Cinemas
  • Games & Amusements
  • Music
  • Nightlife
  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Theaters
Clear All

Services Types:

  • All Services
  • ATMs
  • Auto Services
  • Gas/Fuel Stations
  • Rest Areas
  • Tourist Information
  • Transportation
  • Vehicle Rental
Clear All

Shopping Types:

  • All Shopping
  • Antiques
  • Books & Music
  • Crafts & Handmade
  • General Goods
  • Gifts & Souvenirs
  • Groceries
  • Malls & Shopping Areas
  • Quirky Shops
  • Thrift & Flea
Clear All

Sports Types:

  • All Sports
  • Adventure Sports
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Sports
  • Fishing & Hunting
  • Golf
  • Gyms & Fitness
  • Skate & Surf Spots
  • Stadiums
  • Water Sports
  • Winter Sports
Clear All

Motoring Types:

  • All Motoring
  • Automotive Attractions
  • Off-Road Trails
  • Racetracks
  • Scenic Drives
Clear All
  • Trip
  • Places I've Been
  • My Saved Places
  • Collection
  • Featured Trips
  • Accommodation
  • Attractions & Culture
  • Food & Drink
  • Outdoors & Recreation
  • Points of Interest
  • Vacation Rentals
  • Camping & RV
  • Entertainment & Nightlife
  • Services
  • Shopping
  • Sports
  • Motoring

0 Layers
62 votes

Ministers Treehouse

Beehive Lane, Crossville, Tennessee 38555 USA

Free to Visit
  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
Add to Trip

“The unofficial worlds biggest treehouse”

***Ministers Treehouse is currently CLOSED!***

Horace Burgess's treehouse (also known as the Minister's Treehouse) is a treehouse and church in Crossville, Tennessee. Construction began in 1993, mostly by Burgess who says he had a visionary commandment from God to build a treehouse, and has continued since. Today it is a popular local attraction which has been unofficially called the largest tree house in the world. It was closed by the state in 2012 for fire code violations.

Horace Burgess, a local Minister, was praying in 1993 when he claims God told him, "If you build a tree house, I'll see that you never run out of material." Inspired by the vision, Burgess began building the treehouse. As of 2013, the 97-foot-tall tree house and church is supported by a still-living 80-foot-tall white oak tree with a 12-foot diameter base, and relies on six other oak trees for support. When not in service, the church doubles as a basketball court.

The treehouse is located on Beehive Lane in Crossville, Tennessee. It has become a popular tourist attraction. In August 2012, the structure was closed to public access by the state since it had become a public attraction but did not follow fire safety codes.

Although there is no Guinness World Records category for largest treehouse, it is often referred to unofficially as the world's largest.

This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner.

Read More >
Add Review
Your Rating

Reviewed by

  • 2 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
March 22, 2015
Rated 3.0

It is closed due to not passing fire code. Local side it's due to reopen in 6 months but will have to sign a waiver- enter at own risk.

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by

  • 1 Review
  • 3 Helpful
August 05, 2017
Rated 5.0

This treehouse was amazing!! Definitely worth stopping to see!!!!

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by

  • 4 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
February 17, 2016
Rated 5.0

Closed but worth the drive by. You can still see from fenced off area. Took several pictures

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Emily Gill

  • Road Warrior
  • 37 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
January 26, 2016
Rated 5.0

Absolutely beautiful and cool. Look from afar if you want. You can see the very top tower if you drive down the gravel road to get closer. Look up close if you can. So many cool things to see.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by

  • 4 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
March 24, 2015
Rated 3.0

All fenced off, we were going to try to go in but the sheriff pulled up, although he was nice enough to take our picture

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by

  • 7 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
August 22, 2014
Rated 5.0

Definitely worth a stop. Not that far off the interstate. Also, my kids saw fireflies for the first time here!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
July 29, 2014
Rated 5.0

OMG! Such a cool place. Kids loved it and the chance that they might go to jail for trespassing made it even more of an adventure. Met a local girl who also brought an out of town friend to see it. She said the minister sold the property recently so who knows if you'll still be able to jump the fence in the future. The 10 story structure is really sturdy even up to the bell tower. Loved the Upper room with the chainsaw carved figures. My boys had a blast on the 8 story high tree swing. It was well worth the diversion. No turn around for big rigs but only a short walk it you want to park on the main road.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by

  • 2 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 18, 2014

Also hopped the fence. Definitely worth it. Hope they open it back up. Call the Fire Marshall's office and ask them to reopen it! Politely!!

1 person found this review helpful
  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
May 21, 2014

Wondering if you can still view from the road? Would love for my kids to see this great creation

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
May 03, 2014

The treehouse was closed but we were able to hope he fence and see it.

1 person found this review helpful

Be the first to add a review to the Ministers Treehouse .

Ministers Treehouse

Beehive Lane
Crossville, Tennessee
38555 USA

Hours not available

Is there a problem with this listing? Let us know.

  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Street Parking

Own this business?

Claim your business to keep your
listing's information up to date.


Nearby Hotels

Crossville, Tennessee

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel

Crossville, Tennessee

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel

Crossville, Tennessee

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel

Crossville, Tennessee

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel