Little Brier Gap Trail

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The Walker Sisters' Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains is a 2.8-mile out-and-back trail that starts at the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse, an 1880s school, and church. Along the way, you'll watch for wildflowers, cross a log footbridge, and stop at the log homestead of the Walker Sisters. Learn how these fiercely independent sisters held onto their traditional way of life. Just beyond the Walker place is a hardwood forest.

The Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse

Your hike begins at the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse, an 1880s school that was used as a church after the school closed in 1936. The schoolhouse is one of the few remaining structures from the pre-park era in the Great Smoky Mountains.

The Walker Sisters' Homestead

About 1.4 miles into your hike, you'll come to the Walker Sisters' Homestead. The Walker Sisters were seven sisters who lived together on this homestead and held onto their traditional way of life well into the 20th century. When you stop at the homestead, take some time to read about the sisters and their way of life.

The Hardwood Forest

Just beyond the Walker Sisters' Homestead is a hardwood forest. This forest is made up of trees like oaks, maples, and hickories that are valuable for their timber. Take some time to enjoy the peace and quiet of this forest before heading back to the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse.

The Walker Sisters' Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains is a great way to experience history firsthand. You'll start at the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse, an 1880s school that was later used as a church, and make your way to the Walker Sisters' Homestead. Along the way, you'll learn about how these sisters held onto their traditional way of life well into the 20th century. Just beyond the homestead is a hardwood forest where you can take some time to enjoy the peace and quiet before heading back to your car.