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green Little Brier Gap Trail


1.5 mile 2.4 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 394' 120 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 2,180' 664 m
Low: 1,786' 544 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)


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Hike past a small mountain community up to Little Brier Gap with views of Wears Valley.

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Features Fall Colors · Wildflowers

Family Friendly This is an easy trail and offers historic buildings in Little Greenbrier and at the Walker Sisters Cabin for children to explore.

Little Greenbrier Road is closed from late December until early March each year. You can use Metcalf Bottoms Trail or park at the Wears Cove Road and hike to the Little Brier Gap Trailhead in the Little Greenbrier area.


From the Townsend "Y" take the Little River Road 7.4 miles to reach the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area. Turn left, drive across the one-lane bridge and then turn right onto Little Greenbrier Road roughly .4 miles later. The parking area for the Little Brier Gap Trailhead is less than a half-mile up the narrow gravel road and is next to the historic Little Greenbrier School.

From the Sugarlands Visitor Center, drive 10 miles to Metcalfe Bottoms.

The Little Brier Gap Trail starts in the old mountain community known as Little Greenbrier. The school and cemetery remain today, offering a glimpse of what life was like in the community. The wide path was an old road that follows the stream, Little Brier Branch toward Cove Mountain. It's an easy hike with a log footbridge allowing you easy passage across the creek.

At 1.1 miles, there is a side trail that leads to the Walker Sisters Place. An old house, corn crib, and springhouse make up the homestead where the 5 Walker sisters lived as the national park was created. The Walker sisters gained fame after the Saturday Evening Post wrote an article on them, prompting visitors to flood into the area.

Once you return to the trail, it begins to narrow as it climbs a little more steeply now toward Little Brier Gap .3 miles away. The creek follows the trail for a little while longer as you pass by tulip trees, white oak, maple, and beech trees. At the end of the trail, you encounter the Little Greenbrier Trail. From here, you can look into Wears Valley. You can either return to your car via the path you came or continue exploring on the Little Greenbrier Trail. Going to the left (west) takes you back to Wear Cove Road while going right (east) will take you to the Laurel Falls Trail.

The trail is relatively popular, although most people turn around at the Walker Sisters Cabin. This trail offers more of a history lesson about the park instead of sweeping views. The best view is at Little Brier Gap, where you get to look into Wears Valley.

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Jun 11, 2019
Shawnee Reller
Hiked to Walker cabin 1.1mi
Apr 15, 2019
Charlie Shoemaker
Apr 4, 2019
Joshua B
14h 30m
Nov 10, 2018
Stephany Turner
Hike to Walker Sisters Cabin 1.3mi
Oct 5, 2018
Brett Gregory
Stopped at Walker Sisters cabin. Hiked on up to the junction with Little Greenbrier trail. Very limited view of Wears Valley in early Fall. 3mi
Mar 25, 2018
Chris Little
Jun 6, 2017
Emily Capps
May 19, 2017
Joey Dearduff

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