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Address: Little Greenbrier Road, 10 Miles from Sugarlands Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Beautiful large picnic area along a river

We visited here several times during our time in the Smoky Mountains. We were here in the springtime, and the river rushing and burbling was great. The place is very large, lots... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited here several times during our time in the Smoky Mountains. We were here in the springtime, and the river rushing and burbling was great. The place is very large, lots of tables right along the river. There's a nice short hike to the Little Greenbrier schoolhouse that starts from here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Peaceful, quiet, picnic area on the river. We make it a point to picnic here at least once on each of our visits to Gatlinburg. The riverside sites are perfect for the teenagers to hang in an Eno and take a nap. The charcoal grills are great for hot dogs or hamburgers, and the picnic tables are large. A lot... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Peaceful,scenic picnic area. You can easily spend an entire day there. Shallow riverside picnic areas with park grills. They have clean bathrooms and plenty of parking. Deeper areas of the river when water level is up for shallow swimming. Little Greenbriar School is only a .6 mi easy hike from the picnic area. And only a stones throw away from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

A great place for kids to picnic since this is a level area (hence the name bottoms) and the stream isn't either especially deep or swift. You also have the opportunity to visit the old school up the holler or driving over the mountain into Wears Valley.

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High Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We brought a picnic lunch and sat looking at the water. The leaves were changing so it was beautiful. Two separate family reunions were occurring around us. One reunion included dogs. Loved it.

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Thank GoldenJones
Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Metcalf Bottoms offers a good sized picnic area with ample parking. The river here is relatively shallow slower than other spots in the park. It is a good place to wonder through the water. I would recommend some type of sturdy water shoe. Be aware that the rocks can be very slippery.

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Mumbai, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Spread a table at the river side. Switch off your phones and enjoy with loved ones. You will fall in love again. Place is great for mind body and soul.

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Thank Prashant S
Westerville, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Metcalf Bottoms is a great place to stop in the park. You can have a picnic, take a short walk and if needed use the restrooms. There is fishing in the river toot. Most of the time there is plenty of room available, If you cross the bridge you can drive to Wears Valley.

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

This is a great place to stop and have a picnic or take a restroom break along the way. There is water right beside the picnic area and trails in the area if you like to hike.

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Maryville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We took a charcoal grill and cooked hamburgers and hot dogs. There were 12 family members that came. We went on a nature hike in the woods and down by the river. The leaves are starting to change and the weather was perfect with the temp at 75.

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