OAK Event: Walker Sisters History Hike

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Friday September 27

9:00 AM  –  1:00 PM

Take a leisurely ramble to the Walker Sisters' home with retired park ranger, author and GSMA tenured guide Butch McDade. Listen to stories of how these self-sufficient women survived in such a remote location land. They fed and clothed themselves, chopped their own wood, raised their own livestock, and maintained an orchard.

The Walker Sisters were six unmarried women born in the 1870s and ‘80s who lived out their lives in their parents’ wooden home in the Little Greenbrier area of today’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While many mountaineers had to leave their lands when the national park was established, the Walker Sisters were granted life leases to stay in their home after the park came into being. These women were a “living history” lesson to hundreds of park visitors who drove or hiked up to their cabin from the 1930s to the early ‘60s.

Our information-packed day starts with an introduction to the Walker Sisters story at the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area, followed by a walk to visit the Walker Homestead.

Activity rating: Moderate: A medium-impact outdoor experience for those who are comfortable with physical exertion in spurts or for longer periods of time. Distances: 5 – 8 miles maximum. Settings: Hikes on rolling or mountainous trails with some steep ascents/descents. Expect elevation gain and loss. Participants could encounter hazards such as exposed roots and rocks, insects and snakes. See our Activity Rating Scale.

Mileage Anticipated for this Event: 4 miles maximum

What to bring: We'll stay on the trail most of the time, but wear good footwear and prepare for walking on uneven surfaces. Bring a backpack with enough water and snacks for your comfort. A personal first-aid kit, walking sticks and something to take notes with may be helpful as well. Download a digital version of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trail map.

Meeting Location: Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area at the one-lane bridge.

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