Walker Sisters' Cabin via Metcalf Bottoms Trail is an easy kid friendly day hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that gives hikers an understanding of the park's colorful history. This trail is a great choice of history buffs and for hikers traveling with young children and the elderly. There is plenty of camping available in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
When Congress authorized Great Smoky Mountain National Park many people sold their lands. The Walker Sisters refused to sell their 123-acre farm that had been the family home for more than 50 years. John Walker settled the site after the Civil War. (Walker fought for the Union and was a Confederate POW.) John Walker and his wife Margaret raised 11 children on the site, 7 girls and 4 boys. The men moved away and married once they got of age, however only one of the females married and moved. The other 5 girls stayed on the farm and eventually inherited it from their father upon his passing in 1921. The Walker Sisters became some of local folklore, for their refusal to move and steadfast ways of living off the land. For the next forty plus years the sisters raised pigs and gardened for food, raised sheep and spun clothing and blankets out of the wool. In 1941 the sisters agreed to sell the farm to the government, in exchange for a lifetime lease. The last sister living passed away in 1964. Today, hikers can still explore their way of life with much of the historical farm still in good condition.
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Contact: Great Smoky Mountains National Park 107 Park Headquarters Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Great Smoky Mountains Trails