Metcalf Bottoms is a nice little picnic area in the Smokies. There is a river that runs through it, so in the summer time the kids (old & young alike) can jump in and cool off. We took the boys soon after we moved here, and they thoroughly enjoyed it!
The area used to be a family farm (the Metcalf Farm), and, when Little River Road was being built, the Metcalfs took water from the river to the workers. After the establishment of the National Park, the area was named "Metcalf Bottoms".
It is here that the trail to Little Greenbrier School begins.
This photo of Metcalf Bottoms Trail is courtesy of TripAdvisor
The picnic area has a pavilion that can facilitate up to 70 people. At each picnic spot (there are 165 total), there are grills. Flush toilets and drinking fountains are also available.
As with all areas in the Smokies, bears will come to forage for any leftovers, so it's important to clear all signs of your picnic.