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Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area

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Address: Little Greenbrier Road, 10 Miles from Sugarlands Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

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Great place for families!

There are so many places with picnic tables and grills for you to enjoy your stay. Lots of places to get in the water and cool off. Plenty of parking for all. They are busy... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Rebecca R

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There are so many places with picnic tables and grills for you to enjoy your stay. Lots of places to get in the water and cool off. Plenty of parking for all. They are busy during peak season.

Thank Rebecca R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are basically two types of people who pass this way: those hurrying as fast as possible to get to the next stop and those who stop to rest,wade, eat, or play and come to a complete stop. You need to at least slow down as you get here because it is a large area and there can be lots... More 

Thank Paul S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited here several times during our time in the Smoky Mountains. We were here in the springtime, and the river rushing and burbling was great. The place is very large, lots of tables right along the river. There's a nice short hike to the Little Greenbrier schoolhouse that starts from here.

Thank DGS2002
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Peaceful, quiet, picnic area on the river. We make it a point to picnic here at least once on each of our visits to Gatlinburg. The riverside sites are perfect for the teenagers to hang in an Eno and take a nap. The charcoal grills are great for hot dogs or hamburgers, and the picnic tables are large. A lot... More 

Thank Amy M
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

Peaceful,scenic picnic area. You can easily spend an entire day there. Shallow riverside picnic areas with park grills. They have clean bathrooms and plenty of parking. Deeper areas of the river when water level is up for shallow swimming. Little Greenbriar School is only a .6 mi easy hike from the picnic area. And only a stones throw away from... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

A great place for kids to picnic since this is a level area (hence the name bottoms) and the stream isn't either especially deep or swift. You also have the opportunity to visit the old school up the holler or driving over the mountain into Wears Valley.

Thank Smkymtntroutman
High Springs, Florida
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

We brought a picnic lunch and sat looking at the water. The leaves were changing so it was beautiful. Two separate family reunions were occurring around us. One reunion included dogs. Loved it.

Thank GoldenJones
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 30 December 2016

Metcalf Bottoms offers a good sized picnic area with ample parking. The river here is relatively shallow slower than other spots in the park. It is a good place to wonder through the water. I would recommend some type of sturdy water shoe. Be aware that the rocks can be very slippery.

Thank KFCincy26
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

Spread a table at the river side. Switch off your phones and enjoy with loved ones. You will fall in love again. Place is great for mind body and soul.

Thank Prashant S
Westerville, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Metcalf Bottoms is a great place to stop in the park. You can have a picnic, take a short walk and if needed use the restrooms. There is fishing in the river toot. Most of the time there is plenty of room available, If you cross the bridge you can drive to Wears Valley.

Thank Thomas B

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