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Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area

Little Greenbrier Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Wellington, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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
2 reviews
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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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32 reviews 32 reviews
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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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Whittier, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

picnic spots are spread out so you don't feel jammed up on one another; fun creek for wading and rock chunkin'. Very clean.

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Milford, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

The Litte River drive is consistently my favorite in the Smokies. When we take the time to photograph spring wildflowers, and do a few short hikes during this drive between Sugarlands Visitor Center and the Townsend "wye", we usually get hungry. Metcalf Bottoms is a comfortable, very large, picnic ground to stop and enjoy your lunch; many of the tables... More

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This is a less crowded picnic area. You can put your feet in the cold water, but be careful because it is swift. There is also a shortcut to Wears Valley behind the picnic area.

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Miami, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

Ranger program (Creepy Critters) was great - kids loved it. Overall creek picnic area seemed a bit overused and barren, though. Lots of wasps near the water's edge when we were there.

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