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Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area

Little Greenbrier Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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heart of bluegrass
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We had a family picnic here and found it quiet and peaceful. Plenty of spots by the water with easy access. Restrooms were clean and there were several in each loop. We took the Greenbrier school trail and it was an interesting addition to the day. This place is A great alternative to the chimneys area.

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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92 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

There is an entrance to the park from Wears Valley. It is a great place to picnic and play in the water. It can be swift though so be careful.

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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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136 reviews 136 reviews
50 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

On the road to Cades Cove, this picnic area has plenty of tables right next to a very pretty stream. What a wonderful place to sit and have a picnic lunch. This is my favorite picnic spot in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Of course, I'm partial to water views. I highly recommend a stop even if you're not... More 

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Delaware
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670 reviews 670 reviews
270 attraction reviews
1,254 helpful votes 1,254 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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