Secret Spot in the Smokies: Visit Little Greenbrier

Come on down and visit us in the Smoky Mountains this summer and take advantage of one of our secret spots in the Smokies. There are plenty of exciting things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, but sometimes you just want to take it easy while still being outdoors. All of our affordable cabins are close and conveniently located to all of the attractions in the area. Among these attractions is a sweet little place called Little Greenbrier.

A History Lesson

In early times around the civil war, William and Riley Metcalf moved their families to the flats of the Little Brier Branch and Little River. William and Riley were brothers, and they were descendants of the Cherokee people. The Metcalf clan provided drinking water to the construction crew who were building Little River Road. In Appreciation, they made and named a quaint picnic area after them, Metcalf Bottoms. Just past Metcalf Bottoms is a trail known as Little Greenbrier Gap Trail.

Little Greenbrier Trail

The Little Greenbrier Trail connects Metcalf Bottoms to Little Greenbrier community that is now a historical landmark in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Along the trail are countless wildflowers in the spring.

Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse

In the late 1800s, the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse was built by a man named Mr. John Walker. This school was the standing schoolhouse until the late 1930s, where students throughout the Little River Valley attended. The schoolhouse was also used for church services conducted by a Primitive Baptist congregation, and so they established a cemetery close by.

Greenbrier Cemetery

Greenbrier Cemetery was constructed next to the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse. The cemetery was created in the true Appalachian form, on a slant on a hillside. About half of the graves found in the cemetery are Greenbrier children.

Walker Sisters Place

Mr. John Walker moved his family to the Little Greenbrier area around 1870 where he and his wife had eleven children. Among these children were five sisters. Their older siblings married and moved away, and when Mr. Walker grew ill, he deeded the farm and cabin to the five sisters. Known as the Walker Sister Place, the five sisters never married and remained here in a primitive lifestyle until their deaths. They used to create homemade crafts for those who came to visit them throughout the years. The Walker Sister Place is a historic landmark.

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