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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  • Easy hike from the Greenbrier school. It is hard to believe that people lived so far in the boonies. Plan on two hours to walk and explore the well preserved home site. Very enjoyable. I am 70 and had...  more »
  • Easy hike from Metcalf Bottoms Picnic area. Could also start from Greenbrier School if you drive up the gravel and park at the school. Interesting to see how people lived before the days of the park a...  more »
  • Rustic, peaceful. True mountain home life back before the GSMNP. Several structures remain including the cabin and summer house.  more »
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  • Great hike. Awesome place. I actually found this while hiking another trail that connects . I spent alot of time looking around property. Walker sisters had a beautiful place to themselves.
  • 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.

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Where to stay in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, choose between developed campgrounds where you can pitch your tent by your car and access restrooms and showers, or more primitive vehicle-accessed campgrounds. The park also offers accommodations in a permanent structure at LeConte Lodge, which is accessible via five different hiking trails. (There is no car access; you must hike in to use this lodge.) For a wider array of lodging options, stay in Gatlinburg. Serving primarily as a resort gateway to the park, the town offers various styles of accommodation, from national chain hotels to mountain lodges to small inns. Most places lie within 8 km (5 mi) of the park's entrance.
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