Metcalf Bottoms

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A lovely spot for a picnic, with tables set up along the Little River. Afterwards you can dip your feet in the cool, rushing waters.

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Nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park attractions

1. The Sinks

1.03 MILES

A requisite stop when driving Little River Rd is this series of cascades just off the road. Here, the Little River makes a sharp hairpin turn, with water…

2. Elkmont Historic District

4.09 MILES

Elkmont has much history hidden in its woodlands. Just south of the campground (crossing the bridge over Little River), you'll find a clubhouse and…

3. Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

4.22 MILES

On the outskirts of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this small museum spotlights Native American peoples of East Tennessee as well as the region's…

4. Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook

6.99 MILES

If you don't have time to take a chairlift from downtown Gatlinburg to a scenic lookout, you can enjoy a lofty view of downtown and the surrounding…

5. Carlos C Campbell Overlook


This scenic overlook provides a sweeping view of the various types of forests covering the slopes to the east. You'll see spruce-fir forest at the top,…

6. Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway

7.41 MILES

Ride the scenic 2-mile aerial tramway to the Bavarian-themed Ober Gatlinburg ski resort and amusement park. At the amusement park you'll find an indoor…

7. Gatlinburg SkyLift

7.63 MILES

This ski-resort chairlift swoops you high into the Smokies, providing stellar views. The lofty SkyDeck and the 680ft-long SkyBridge, the longest…

8. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

7.96 MILES

One of eight Ripley's attractions in Gatlinburg, the aquarium is a convenient rainy-day destination – just be aware that everyone else downtown will have…