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Walker Sisters' Cabin, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Historic Site Tourist Spot
Visit the homestead of the Walker family and learn about its history at Walker Sisters' Cabin. After the national park was formed and locals were resettled from the area, the five Walker sisters refused to go away and were granted permission to live in the park. It wasn't until 1964, when the last of the sisters died, that the National Park Service gained control of the property. Explore the cabin of the sisters, who were known for their adherence to a traditional lifestyle, and observe their well-preserved homestead. You'll have to walk 5.15 km (3.2 mi) to reach the cabin, so wear comfortable footwear and bring refreshments. Arrange your visit to Walker Sisters' Cabin and discover more family-friendly attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park using our Great Smoky Mountains National Park vacation planner.
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  • Round trip is just a little over 2 miles if you start at the schoolhouse. Road to schoolhouse is narrow so use caution. Be sure to read up on the Walker family history. Makes the area come to life.  more »
  • Today we parked at the Little Greenbrier School and walked the 1.1 miles to the home place. We walked down a graveled road through the woods then crossed a creek on a foot bridge before walking the re...  more »
  • We started this hike at the Little Greenbrier trailhead which you access through the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic area. After crossing the one lane bridge continue down the road to the edge of the park and ...  more »
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  • Really nice hike up to the cabin. All gravel. There are books all around town about the Walker sisters, get one and read up! It will make the experience mean more! It's 1.1 mile hike if you drive down Lil greenbrier rd to the old schoolhouse but beware it is a narrow road.
  • This is a nice rustic cabin that shows how the Walker sisters lived. They used to invite visitors up to their cabin and serve them food. We saw a couple of deer on our hike here.
  • History! The Walker sisters had to ask the park to take down the sign pointing the way to their home at the end of their lives because they felt obligated to make souvenirs. Easy hike. Don't miss the one room schoolhouse along the way!
  • It's a pleasant walk on a (mostly) gravel trail under tree cover to the buildings. Be sure to read the history of the sisters online before you go.
  • Great history. Well worth the experience.