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

This is a great picnic area by the Little River. There's restrooms, lots of picnic tables by the river. It seems to less popular than the Chimneys picnic area. There's several... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Westville, Indiana
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Westville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great picnic area by the Little River. There's restrooms, lots of picnic tables by the river. It seems to less popular than the Chimneys picnic area. There's several trailheads also & a short drive to the Little Greenbriar school. You have to cross a one car bridge to get to it. All in all a nice place... More 

Thank CindyK48
Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

One of the favorite places in the Smokies. You can get to it either from Wears Valley Road or Little River Road. It has lots of picnic tables, a pavilion, a stream along the side, and even bathrooms. The stream is great for tubing, wading, or building rock dams...the kids love it. Great way to spend a day just relaxing.

Thank Jotum
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We have visited and lived in the area over the years and this has always been one of the best kept secrets. Tourist are starting to come more frequently but it is usually not as crowded as the others and during the summer is a local swimming hole. The area is well maintained and just a short drive to wears... More 

Thank DustinM99
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This is a very nice well maintained area located just off the Little River Road. There are lots of tables some of which are very close to the river. It's a great place to relax, have a picnic and just listen to the water running in the river.

Thank Tomcat48
Lenoir, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

nice picnic area right off little river road it's busy on the weekends but still plenty of sites to picnic. nice stream next to it to cool down a bit

Thank dww1957
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We stopped at Fanny Farkles to get a corndog and took them up to Metcalf Bottoms picnic area by the river. This is a lovely picnic area and lots of trails and old cabins to explore. The picnic area wasn't busy at all and we were the only ones there. It was cloudy out and a few rain drops here... More 

Thank Goldrushjunkie
Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

A great place to picnic and swim with children. Well maintained facility. There are times however, it is difficult to stake a claim on a table and that would be Memorial Day and Labor Day. The locals picnic here on these days quite heavily so have a back up spot planned if wanting to visit during those periods.

Thank Ms.LoveTravel
Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

In addition to being a very popular spot for wading in the river, Metcalf Bottoms is a great chance to stop and have a meal on your way to or from Cades Cove or Gatlinburg. There are some tables along the river, and some that are not.

Thank RW_Adair
Eldersburg, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Get out of the car and campground and walk these hills. This is a beautiful area; we got onto and up the trails out of Metcalf Bottoms to see the ridges above which were quiet and peaceful.

Thank DillonM1905
West Monroe, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Our family has used Metcalf Bottoms as our picnic spot in the past, and the riverside location makes a perfect spot for the kiddos to splash in the water. Our October visit to Metcalf Bottoms was surprisingly quiet. On a Monday evening, there was no one else around as we grilled our steaks and enjoyed reading next to the river.... More 

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