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Address: Metcalf Bottoms Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Excellent view of primitive school house

The school is located back a narrow gravel road accessible by auto. But watch out for oncoming traffic. You may have to back up to a pull off. The school and adjacent cemetery are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2015
Shelbyville, Kentucky
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Westville, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An example of a school in the Smokies. I think it might be the only school left for visitors to view. Access by the Metcalf Bottoms picnic area. Cross the one car bridge. You can take the 0.6 mile Metcalf Bottoms trail or continue on down Wear Cove Road to a dirt/gravel road about 0.2 miles on the right. I... More 

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Shelbyville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The school is located back a narrow gravel road accessible by auto. But watch out for oncoming traffic. You may have to back up to a pull off. The school and adjacent cemetery are visual examples of the difficult life of the mountain people. And the school is the starting point for an easy walk back to the Walker Sisters... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

It's interesting to imagine how they lived around here and what the school must have been like but it's just a log building with desks in it and a cemetery fenced in close by. Only one plackard showing a picture of the class of kids and their teacher. The one lane road up to the parking lot could be intimidating... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

This school is very interesting historically. It is a short and easy hike. The park service offers talks at the school house that are worth attending. There is also a nearby cemetery which features some impressive old markers if you are a marker junkie like me.

1 Thank Jenerator325
sevierville, tn
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This place is hunted. Do not go there around dusk. Many locals go to the Little Greenbrier school at night just to get scared. Camera and cellphone camera would not focus. Hiked many places in GSM, but would not go back there at dusk.

Thank magus_81
Lenoir, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

read the history before going. you need to notice the size of the timber that was cut to build the school , they dont grow that big anymore.

Thank dww1957
Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I always get nervous driving the road to the Little Greenbrier School. It's barely more than a one-lane road with some sharp curves. If you come across a vehicle headed in the other direction, someone is likely going to have to do some backing up. There's a nice little trail from the other side of the river from the Metcalf... More 

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Midland, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The Little Greenbrier School is located off of Metcalf Bottoms. You can reach it via a narrow gravel road, or a .6 mile (1-way) hike. The road is only wide enough for one car at a time, so avoid visiting on busy days. It was difficult to back up and make room to pass. We visited the school just in... More 

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Spanish Fort, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Loved seeing the one-room school and hearing the NPS volunteer talk about life at the Little Greenbriar school. Take the one-way dirt road from Metcalf Bottoms picnic area and visit the school and the cemetery next to it.

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

The Little Greenbrier School House located near the Metcalf Bottoms Trail in the Great Smoky Mountain National park is a wonderful place that takes your imagination back in time. Situated in a beautiful wooded setting surrounded by the soothing sound of birds singing and wind whispering through the trees we found it to be very peaceful and well worth the... More 

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