Metcalf Bottoms Trail to Laurel Falls

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Metcalf Bottoms Trail to Laurel Falls is a 12.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

Distance: 12.3 miles Elevation Gain: 3,074 feet Route Type: Out & Back



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See Little Greenbrier School, the Walker Sisters Cabin, and Laurel Falls on this point-to-point hike. This is a point-to-point hike and requires a shuttle. Begin at the Metcalf Bottoms picnic area. (The trail begins across the bridge.) Hike 0.7 miles to the Little Greenbrier School House. After exploring the school house, continue onto the Little Brier Gap trail. After 1.2 miles, there is a side trail (0.4 miles roundtrip) to the Walker Sisters Cabin. After visiting the cabin, continue on Little Brier Gap trail for another 0.4 miles until it terminates at Little Greenbrier trail. Take a right onto Little Greenbrier trail and hike 2.4 miles until it terminates at Laurel Falls trail. Take a right onto Laurel Falls trail. Hike 3.1 miles to the Laurel Falls trail head and parking lot.

Wed Feb 06 2019

shory good with kids

Sun Sep 23 2018

Pretty hike. It was easy and short. Good for families or for your first hike of vacation. Gorgeous scenery but no views of mountains.

Sun Sep 11 2016

good little trail

Sat Jun 18 2016

Nice hike. Start early.

Sat Apr 02 2016

The trailhead was closed so we hiked up the road and went backwards on the trail. We then retraced our steps back. Was a great easy walk along a creek. The cemetery and the schoolhouse were really interesting.

Mon Jul 13 2015

We only did a very small portion of this trail as we were hiking with our 3 sons (ages 3, 6, 8). We entered the trail from the Metcalf Bottoms picnic area and followed it 0.6 miles to the Little Greenbrier School and then hiked back to the picnic area. It was a very pretty hike along a creek and there were several nice bridges to cross over the creek. It was a hike that my boys could easily complete, but it was a busy trail.

Mon Jun 09 2014

We hiked this in 2013. It is a much more interesting hike to get to the falls than the Laurel Falls trailhead. We stopped at the old one room school house with the cemetery in front. We also stopped at the Walker Sisters place. Both were interesting and provided a nice history of what it was like back in that time period. We saw a couple Pink Lady Slippers along the trail. Once we reached the falls we decided to hike to the top of the ridge on our way back. There is a tower at the top. Eric and Karen

Wed Mar 27 2013

Once you get on Little Brier Gap expect to see almost no one until you are on Laurel Falls trail. When we hiked (March 2013) the trail was in great shape with the exception of one downed tree.

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