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Metcalf Bottoms Trail

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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

trail running

walking

bird watching

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.

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17 hours 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.

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20 days 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.

1 month ago

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.

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1 month ago

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!

3 months ago

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

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5 months ago

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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6 months ago

Beautiful, easy hike through a quiet forest along a lovely river.

7 months ago

all time favorite

8 months ago

Very neat old log schoolhouse and very very old grave yard. Drive down a dirt road that is a little rough for a short couple of minutes and reach the old school house parking area. The schoolhouse is right there along with the graveyard, the trail of Metcalf Bottom’s is after the school and is gravel for the majority of the trail besides the parts of the trail that is beside the large creek and streams. About halfway along the gravel part of the trail after you pass a fenced in water reserve I believe it is, is an old homestead to your right with the stone walls left standing and if you go just a tad up in the woods you can see the remains of probably the chimney to the house. It is uphill a good bit, but not bad. The school is worth the visit at least. Make sure you read the sign about “Bob”!

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8 months ago

This was a wonderful short hike. A delightful break from the busy & noisy nearby picnic area.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Kid friendly

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Friday, April 28, 2017

This is a great little hike for a family. You can utilize the parking at the picnic area, and enjoy the hike before or after a picnic. Enjoy this trail as you experience what a walk to school might have been like 100 years ago. As you start up the hill the remains of a long gone homestead can be seen on your left (rock wall). As you descend you walk through a rhododendron tunnel. Before you reach the school house you will cross the creek twice on single log bridges that are railed. Hope you enjoy your little outing!

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