Metcalf Bottoms Trail is a 1.5 mile out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee 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.

Distance: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: 187 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

This is a short nature trail to Little Greenbrier School in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The end destination is a neat old log cabin school. At the start of the hike there is a small hill that you go up and down.

hiking
3 days ago

Easy trail with pretty creek and wood views. We kept going to the Sister’s Cabin and back. Going to the cabin there is a bridge crossing and slow incline. It was neat to explore the historic buildings.

Great trail for everyone... family friendly! Scenic, full of history and creek side! Great walk with kids, family and friends!

Great trail for the whole family. Awesome cabin to eat snacks at the end. Mature trees and 2 log bridge crossings make it interesting. The school and child graveyard is a bonus.

Well marked and easy to follow trail. Started at Metcalf Bottoms parking lot. Fairly easy footing with some nice river crossings along the way.

Very nice trail along a stream. Can hook in green brier all the way to the ridge if you want. Homestead and school are cool

hiking
3 months ago

Enjoyed this trail. Nothing to strenuous. We went all the way past the school house to the walker sisters cabin. Loved the history of each!

Strenuous. 4.5 mile out and back hike with an old school and old cabin. Lots of bridges and stream crossings. It had rained a lot so there was lots of water flowing.

hiking
4 months ago

We had a great time with 6 kids all under 9. The weather was chilly and the trail was wet, but with the right boots kids had a blast walking along side the river. We enjoyed the fact that there was something to see at the half way point of the home. The kids loved the old school house and we had great conversations about what it would had been like to live in the late 1800s. If you have young children, this is a good hike for everyone.

5 months ago

Super easy hike that leads to an old school house. There's a lot of history here! There were lots of kids and older adults on this hike. Could be fun for anyone. My favorite part was walking down by the creek.

hiking
5 months ago

This was an impromptu hike - we crossed the bridge and saw a trailhead. Great hike with my wife and 2 kids (4yo & 2yo). A little stumpy and rocky (2yo kept tripping). The log bridges were fun for our 4yo and the school was a nice resting place before we headed back.

hiking
7 months ago

Perfect quick hike for family

hiking
7 months ago

I ended up walking to the left over the bridge and walked the paved/graveled road to the school house. I found the correct trail behind the school house that was a nice walk thru the woods. There was a couple of elevations toward the end. Loved the area.

Definitely a family friendly trail. Walker’s cabins and schoolhouse are really great. The trail itself is very average. Lots of gravel paths.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

rocky
7 months ago

Great hike to a sweet little fall with, as always, great company! Nice elevation and terrain. Swimming holes were great, although cold, was still refreshing! Some sweet views, too!

This is one of my favorite hikes. There is a bit of an incline at the beginning but the majority is meandering through beautiful woods. The schoolhouse and cabin are fascinating when one imagines the people who lived there and what their lives were like. Highly recommend!

Great easy trail, mostly shaded.

recorded Metcalf Bottoms Trail

hiking
10 months ago

Just took short trip to see the old schoolhouse and cemetery. Nice hike. Fairly quiet.

hiking
10 months ago

This was a nice hike. The first half was very steep uphill and then it was downhill with tree roots and flat to the cabin (more tree roots) along a creek. I enjoyed it and wished we had time to visit the Walker Sisters Cabin.

hiking
10 months ago

This is a fun little hike that features a real nice area to picnic and swim

hiking
bugs
11 months ago

Took trail to schoolhouse. Steepish slope on way up. Had lots of roots on trail. Still a great, shorter walk. Continued to the Walker Sisters Cabin, trail is back up behind cemetery. Longer hike, trail is fairly wide in parts. Cabin and other buildings were nice. Had some gnats and mosquitoes but with bug spray should be fine. Winds along a creek so hearing the water was nice. Going to cabin is pretty much all uphill but coming back is nice on the downhill.

hiking
11 months ago

Fun little trail. Went early in the morning and only saw a couple people on the way back. Work crews were coming on to the trail as we were leaving. I believe they're replacing the log bridges over the streams.

hiking
11 months ago

Excellent trail. Take it all the way to the school house! Great history, on Tuesday’s they do presentations at 11:00 and 2:00 on the school house. Great area to picnic and enjoy the water.

Fri May 24 2019

I personally did not enjoy the hiking part of this trail, too many tree roots the ENTIRE trail to the schoolhouse. the schoolhouse and cemetery were awesome though. The hike to the Walker Sisters cabin was better. We were the only ones on both trails, and this was after it was featured on the nightly news here. This is one trail I would not repeat.

hiking
Wed May 22 2019

beautiful.easy

hiking
Sat Apr 27 2019

Nice quiet hike through beautiful terrain. I continued past the school to the Walker Sisters cabin. Lots of flowers in bloom and more will be blooming soon. I did catch a peek of a rare beauty right off the trail!

Great, easy hike! Lots of history and a beautiful walk along the river. Definitely take the time to read up on the Walker family before you go; you won’t regret it!

Mon Mar 18 2019

Went in summer. Fun little trail through rhododendrons and along creek.

hiking
Sun Jan 20 2019

The Walker Sisters may be gone, but their historic cabin is still standing in the national park. The Walker Sisters Place is located along the Metcalf Bottoms Trail. To get to the homestead, first take the 0.7 mile hike from Metcalf Bottoms to the Little Greenbrier School, which was built by John Walker. Then, continue on the trail for 0.6 mile, where the path crosses over a footbridge. After 1.1 miles, hikers will reach the 0.2 mile side trail that leads to the Walker Sisters Place.

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