Metcalf Bottoms Trail – Hiking in the Smokies

August 17, 2011
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Difficulty:  Easy

Length: 0.6 miles one way

Little Greenbrier School

Metcalf Bottoms Trail is a short dirt trail bringing hikers from the Metcalf Bottoms picnic area to the Little Greenbrier School house.

The trail begins just to the right and past the wooden car bridge. From here, the hike runs parallel with Little Greenbrier River before it slowly ascends a small ridge. Make sure not to miss the quick switchback up the ridge.

About halfway up the hill, hikers will see a large water tower on one side and an old stone wall and steps leading into the woods.

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Metcalf Bottoms

Once over the hill, the trail descends down towards a small creek. This creek follows alongside the trail before ending at the Little Greenbrier school and cemetery.

Metcalf Bottoms

The schoolhouse still contains the desks and blackboard left there when it was last in use in the 1930’s. Grades 1-8 were taught at Greenbrier school by a single teacher. During summer months in the past the National Park Service offers several presentations inside the school. The day we visited, it was offering a presentation on singing.

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Visitors can also drive to the school, but the hike is really pretty enjoyable and is short enough to warrant parking back at Metcalf Bottoms. Also, when returning, the cool river provides a great end to a summer hike.

 

Nearby Trails

Walker Sisters Cabin – 1.1 miles: Near the parking area at Little Greenbrier School is another hiking trail to the Walker Sisters Cabin. I highly recommend combining these two hikes together, or if you must choose between one or the other, drive to Little Greenbrier School to see the school, and then hike the Walker Sisters Cabin trail.

Directions:

From Gatlinburg:

1. Take US 441 towards the Sugarland Visitors’ Center.

2. Turn right on Little River Road at the Visitor’s Center.

3. Travel approximately six miles, Metcalf Bottoms picnic area will be on the right.

4. Cross over the wooden bridge, the trail will be to the right, and a small parking lot to the left. If full, drive back over the bridge and park near the picnic area.

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One Response to Metcalf Bottoms Trail – Hiking in the Smokies

  1. Outdoor Travel in the South | SouthernHiker on August 18, 2011 at 9:03 am

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