Walker Sisters' Cabin, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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. Using our custom trip planner, Great Smoky Mountains National Park attractions like Walker Sisters' Cabin can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The Walker Sisters were some of the last residents in the area, even decades after the founding of the National Park. This hike starts at the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse. I recommend parking at Metc...  more »
  • I had wanted to find and hike to this place after buying a book about the Walker Sisters at the Cades Cove visitor center the last time I was at the park. It is a very quiet, off-the-beaten-path kind ...  more »
  • I would actually give this somewhere between average and very good. After we had hiked to The Little Greenbrier School ( we didn't know you could drive it) we decided why not go on to see The Walker S...  more »
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  • How amazing it was to step back in time to life very different than our own. An easy trail to hike, it was made better by the ranger who led the way teaching us about the woods as we went. She also told us a detailed history of the Waller's sisters who had been granted a lifetime lease of their that lies inside the National Park.
  • Fairly easy hike that starts just past the Little Greenbrier School. You can drive up to the school house or hike to it from Metcalf Bottoms. The road up is narrow and hard to pass another vehicle in spots, especially if you have a SUV/truck. Great hike for the whole family. If you're lucky you will see some turkey or deer.
  • Wonderful walk through the woods. Hike is 1.1 miles one way that is fairly easy...some ups and downs. Homestead is picture perfect. On Tuesdays there is a presentation at the little Greenbriar School house located at trailhead. Presentations are at 11:00 and 2:00 and are great for those who enjoy learning about the history of the Park. Wonderful for all ages! Pictured are the school house and the Walker Sisters Cabin.
  • Beautiful 2 mile (round trip) hike to the sisters cabin. Nice peaceful and very enjoyable.
  • A beautiful hike and a step back into history. Saw a large bear print on our way there!
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