Metcalf Bottoms

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".
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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.


  1. Hmmm...we've taken lots of picnics in the Smokies, but I'm trying to remember if we've been here or not. I'm taking notes from your blog this month : )

  2. Flush toilets! My kind of place.

  3. Metcalf Bottoms...that's a new one on me! Thanks for telling us all about it!

  4. There are sure a lot of nice places to picnic in or camp around that you are sharing with us; I don't think I'll ever get to that point of the country, but if I did, I know I'd be using your blog as a travel guide to help me figure out what to see! We made it through halfway of the challenge!


  5. Don't think I've heard of this one. Learning about a lot of new places to visit. Thank you.


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