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Visit the homestead of the Walker family and learn about its history at Walker Sisters' Cabin. After the national park was formed and locals were resettled from the area, the five Walker sisters refused to go away and were granted permission to live in the park. It wasn't until 1964, when the last of the sisters died, that the National Park Service gained control of the property. Explore the cabin of the sisters, who were known for their adherence to a traditional lifestyle, and observe their well-preserved homestead. You'll have to walk 5.15 km (3.2 mi) to reach the cabin, so wear comfortable footwear and bring refreshments. Using our custom trip planner, Great Smoky Mountains National Park attractions like Walker Sisters' Cabin can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Walker Sisters' Cabin reviews
Easy, peaceful walk. Enjoyed the history of the Walker cabin and the school house. Met a gentleman on the trail who had known the Walker sisters and eaten at their home. We saw several bears on the...
Easy, peaceful walk. Enjoyed the history of the Walker cabin and the school house. Met a gentleman on the trail who had known the Walker sisters and eaten at their home. We saw several bears on the... more »
Fun hike to an interesting piece of history. The Walker house is currently under renovation so we were not able to go inside however it was still interesting to walk around the grounds. We parked at..... more
Fun hike to an interesting piece of history. The Walker house is currently under renovation so we were not able to go inside however it was still interesting to walk around the grounds. We parked at..... more »
Enjoyed the visit here. Thankfully a friend told us to park at the schoolhouse and not at the main road pull off as the walk would be quite long. If you are driving a low riding car you might want..... more
Enjoyed the visit here. Thankfully a friend told us to park at the schoolhouse and not at the main road pull off as the walk would be quite long. If you are driving a low riding car you might want..... more »
As a 4th cousin removed here, this place is extremely special to me. I visit anytime in the area. The roof needs repairs and not sure if there are plans to help restore it. There is at least a tarp covering it to slow additional damage to the rest of the cabin. These women were the real deal. I'm proud to be part of this family. I've included some additional photos from archives as their history in Eastern TN should be remembered. Its a beautiful short, easy hike to the small cabin (1.1 miles)
A quiet walk starting on the Little Brier Gap trail, following the old road to the historic structures of the Five Walker Sisters. Be one of the rare visitors to this old homestead, and take the time to reflect on the life of the Walkers. YouTube has an outstanding 10 minute special from a local news station on the buildings and the lives of the Sisters - definitely worth watching before or after your visit.
Really cool historical site and walking trail.
Beautiful piece of history hidden in the Smoky Mountains! We enjoyed our trek to the Little Greenbrier School, cemetery and the Walker Sisters Cabin. Loved reading about the Walker Sister's and their father and to see the homestead in person is truly wonderful! Highly recommend, you won't be disappointed!
How amazing it was to step back in time to life very different than our own. An easy trail to hike, it was made better by the ranger who led the way teaching us about the woods as we went. She also told us a detailed history of the Waller's sisters who had been granted a lifetime lease of their that lies inside the National Park.
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