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Address: Metcalf Bottoms Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Sad but Historical Piece of Art

The area was a highly historic place with a one way road down so make sure that no one else is coming up while you are going down and vice versa. There is also a hiking trail but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Mackenzie2003
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The area was a highly historic place with a one way road down so make sure that no one else is coming up while you are going down and vice versa. There is also a hiking trail but we took the road down. Two boards outside; one describing some history of the school and the other reminding people not to... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a narrow road to get here, but very well-worth the drive. I would love to hear the stories told by the children who sat in the desks inside.

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Thank L C
South Lyon, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a one room school house in the middle of the woods. Hard to imagine life around here when kids had to walk 5 miles to get to school. There were two forest Rangers on site to give the whole history of the site. There are great trails in the area too which are perfect for young hikers.

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Thank Brian C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Old school house, nice to see old history... Narrow drive up be careful.... Great nature walking trail next to the school.. Kinda tough, some narrow walk bridges, lots of roots and rocks, but is was fun... Surprised to find this trail... I think it was about a mile..

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Thank Neal S
Lake Mary, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

We drove up to the school, I would suggest hiking instead of driving if you can because the road is very narrow so you really need to be aware of oncoming traffic!! I really like the inside of the little school it still has the desks and chalk board. But I must say, I can not believe how many people... More 

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Thank Mary L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

This is a short pleasant .6 mile one way hike from the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area. The schoolhouse is a nice historic building. The hike offers a trip through a stretch of a rhododendron tunnel which was incredibly cool. Nice way to stretch your legs and see a bit of history.

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Thank Thomasoh
Westville, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

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.

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