Walker Sisters Home via Little Brier Gap Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, TN that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Awesome family trail. Remember to take chalk if stopping by The Little Greenbrier School House so kids can leave a message on the chalkboard!
Started at small parking lot at the beginning of the gravel road. Fun hike. Pretty area. The hike is all on an old road mostly gravel. Steady uphill hike to the cabin.
Loves it! The old structures are great and a beautiful easy hike.
Neat place, well kept wide trail was easy for our 6 and 3 yr old girls to walk. Homeplace and cabin were in great shape.
We hiked this trail on a beautifully sunny day. It is mostly a graveled path with moderate incline. Once we made it to the walker sister's place we took time to have a picnic under a giant majestic oak tree. The trail didn't have breath taking panoramic views but I thought the quiet walk in the Forrest held a beauty of its own. I would definitely hike this trail again!
Easy trail with lots of history. took my grand daughter and she enjoyed very much. Started at Metcalf Bottoms, which takes you across a couple of foot bridges and another optional, but since water was low, we just waded through. Beautiful laurel tunnel. Little Greenbriar school house with adjacent cemetery, be sure and check the tombstones as it will make you appreciate the hardships the people endured. The Walker Sister's place is a pleasant place to pause for a while and reflect on life.
This is one of my favorite hikes in the GSMNP, I love the history of the Walker Sisters.
Starting from the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse, it is a little over 2 miles back and forth on a easy wide trail. The four stars are for the object of the hike, the Walker Sister's Homestead that includes a cabin, corn crib, and springhouse. They are in very good condition along with the land at the homestead. Well worth the trip.
Easy hike for people to do. Steady up hill climb but not real steep.
Really great hike pretty flowers with easy uphill grade
Easy out and back hike. Park at the Metcalfe Bottoms Picnic area. The trailhead for Metcalfe Bottoms Trail is across the bridge at the rear of the picnic area. There is a climb near the beginning of the trail that passes a large water tank on the right side of the trail. Once you ascend this first hill, you will descend through a Rhodendron tunnel to the flat trail that follows a stream to the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse. There are three footlog crossing of the stream. The one room schoolhouse is interesting to visit. Unfortunately, it has been heavily vandalized by people craving their names and initials on the entire structure. From the schoolhouse you will continue on to the Little Brier Gap trail. There is a gate at the trailhead to prevent people from driving up the old road the trail follows in this section. The trail gradually climbs for about 3/4 of a mile. This trail also follows the stream and there is a one crossing that has a footlog. At the 1.1 mile point, there is a trail sign that directs you to take a flat spur trail to the Walker Sisters Cabin. Plenty of information can be found on this homestead and its inhabitants with a quick web search.
We are beginners at hiking although we've lived near the Smokies for 15 years but this was an enjoyable hike. The entrance to this trail is clearly marked but only has parking spaces for 3 vehicles.
There are 2 other trail entrances to get to the schoolhouse or sisters home that are of shorter distances. One is closer to the back road you come in from Townsend while the other is just on the other side of Metcalf Bottoms vehicle bridge. We took that route and ended up at the schoolhouse first. Then it was another 1.2 miles NE to the home. All of it was really beautiful. Tons of streams that parallel the trail and you cross which is a great way to let the kids (or kids at heart) play in.
Directions to this trail were incorrect. Once we located the trail the hike was good.
The Walker Sisters were the last residents of the great smoky mountains park and were allowed to live on their land until their deaths. They were five spinster sisters that lived off the land growing their own crops and livestock including sheep that they used the wool from to make their own clothes. During the time that they lived there they were known to be very welcoming and enjoyed greeting the guests that walked up the trail to their house. This trail runs from the old school house / primitive baptist church in little greenbrier (thus it is locally called little Greenbrier gap) up to the sister cabin. It is a wide well cared for walk up to the cabin with a small creek running along the side of most of the trail. I would say that it is a good trail for those of all caliber of hiking, I did it with my best friends family which includes a 3 year old that walked about 90% of the way. The cabins are well preserved and rehabilitated and you get a real sense history walking around in their house. I really liked that they have a well house where the water is coming out of the ground from a natural spring. it is 2.2 miles round trip from the school house to the cabin and well worth the time, very relaxing and enjoyable.
A really nice stroll through the woods without any real difficult areas and interesting history of the sisters