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Little Greenbrier School

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Address: Metcalf Bottoms Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Piece of history

We accidentally happened upon the school. We took a side road trying to find another trail and ended up coming out to the clearing where the school is, so we decided to check it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
cmarie35
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Ocean City, Md
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Ocean City, Md
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We accidentally happened upon the school. We took a side road trying to find another trail and ended up coming out to the clearing where the school is, so we decided to check it out. It was pretty cool to sit inside of it and hear of its history. I feel that we learned more there about the history of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Everyone has written how to get there, what to see, where to hike ... I want to extoll the virtues of the place itself -- in history, in the timeline of our nation and the roles that our forefathers played in our development. If you want to really have it sink in how easy we have it in life, this... More 

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Pinellas Park, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hiked the trail to the schoolhouse from the picnic area. It is listed as 0.6 mile each way. A portion of this will be up a steep gravel driveway. Then through a wooded area that could be quite slippery\mushy after a rain. Then you follow along a small creek for a bit, crossing a couple of tree bridges. There... More 

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Saginaw, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with family. We parked at Metcalf Bottoms picnic area and hiked to the school via the narrow road (1 mile). The walk was peaceful and beautiful. The school is in a clearing with historic markers. The park worker at the school said if we take the trail back to the picnic area we would walk by the creek and... More 

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Thank Eileen C
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Despite making many trips to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park we had never visited the Little Greenbrier School. There are 2 ways to get to the school. You can park at the Metcalf Bottoms picnic area and take a 0.6 mile hike or you can drive down a 0.2 mile gravel road. We took the gravel road but it... More 

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Thank GoVols79
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Thank Mackenzie2003
Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

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 July 5, 2016 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 June 30, 2016 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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