Distance: 1.4 miles round trip
Elevation gain: negligible
Date: March 31, 2015
Bathrooms: Available at the picnic area
Great Smokey Mountains National Park can be unbearably crowded during peak seasons, but if you get off the beaten path just a little bit you can feel like you have the place to yourself. The Metcalf Bottoms and Little Greenbrier School Trails were great examples of the solitude available in Great Smokey Mountains National Park if you know where to look. The trail was easy to follow, had some great stream crossings, and ended at an old one room school house.
To get there, park in the Metcalf Bottoms picnic area, and follow the Metcalf Bottoms trail. Follow the signs to the Little Greenbrier School. This is a short hike, but if your kids like to climb trees, chase butterflies, and play in streams, leave an hour or two to enjoy the full experience!