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Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area

Little Greenbrier Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Delaware
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662 reviews 662 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We discovered the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area a few years back & decided this would be a place we would try to visit each trip to the Smokies. It is a nice place to take the kids to go wading in the river. It has some shallow spots and some deeper spots so you will want to stay with your... More

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chicago il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Fantastic area for a picnic. We ate our food right by the stream that runs parallel to the picnic area. Peaceful, shallow enough for kids to play in the water and beautiful! We made sure to pack all our food and leftovers back in our backpack and dispose properly. We also saw others bring their tubes and tube down the... More

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Triad, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I researched some places for water play in the national park for this years trip, and this spot was in relatively close proximity to us. We liked it so much we went back a second time before we left for home. We went during a bit of an off week on a weekday, so it wasn't crowded at all; maybe... More

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Cleveland, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We were looking for a nice picnic area where the kids could play in the river, and boy did we find it! Metcalf Bottoms has very nice picnic tables, and several bathroom facilities. We chose a picnic table right beside the water. We could see the kids play, and skip rocks in water that was no more than knee deep.... More

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Wellington, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Must visit area in the Smokies. My kids feel in love with this location. Nice cool stream to spend time skipping rocks and enjoying nature. go late afternoon and there is nobody there, whole place to yourself!!!!

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Paris, Tn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Every year for the last fifteen years or so, we've made it a point to visit Metcalf Bottoms to grill out or just bring a basket of food to eat as close to the waters edge as possible. Each table comes with a small charcoal grill. It's a very peaceful place to eat or just relax to the sounds of... More

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GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Went here last summer for the first time after reading about it on tripadvisor.com. We loved it. Cold,clean water. Not too crowed. Nice picnic areas. Will definately go back this year.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

I can think of nothing that could be more peaceful than a picnic by a quiet mountain stream, with good friends and family members. That has been our experience at Metcalf Bottoms on several occasions. This picnic area is on the road between Gatlinburg and Cades Cove. It includes restroom facilities, very nice concrete picnic tables, mostly beside the Little... More

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East Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

It's not just a place to park to see the Walker Sister's cabin...Metcalf Bottoms has a history. My great great Grandmother Sarah Jane Metcalf and the entire Metcalf clan owned many acres of what is now the National Park. Where the parking area is was once a field of Hickory King corn, that they grew to feed their families and... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Not really my kind of picnic area. It was so crowded you could not even find a park. People were taking up multiply tables so there were not enough for everybody. River around area was pretty.

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