Distance: 1.5 miles. 0.2 mile side trip to Walker Sister Cabin.
Connections: Metcalf Bottoms Trail, Little Greenbrier Trail
The Little Brier Gap Trail is a popular hike that leads by the old homesite of the famed Walker Sisters of Little Greenbrier.
To reach the trailhead travel up Wear Cove Gap Road from the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area. At around the 0.5 mile mark you’ll notice a gravel road on the right that leads back to the Little Greenbrier School. (Note: From late December until early March this road is closed. However, you may leave your car in the small parking area by the gate and walk from there. This will add around .45 mile to your hike).
Upon reaching the Little Greenbrier School leave you car in the large parking lot and head up through the gate on the gravel road above the parking area.
For most of the way the trail follows along the Little Brier Branch and at around the 0.6 mile mark a small footbridge crosses over the stream.
At around 1.0 mile the trail curves to the right. To continue on to the Walker Sisters Cabin stay to the right here and walk 0.2 mile to the homesite.
Going back to the Little Brier Gap Trail you may choose to continue your hike by taking the dirt road that leads straight off the gravel road.
As you approach Little Brier Gap you’ll encounter one of the better displays of pink lady slippers in the park. In the Spring these colorful are spread along the slopes in the area.
At 1.5 mile the Little Brier Gap Trail connects with the Little Greenbrier Trail. You may go to the right here and reach the Laurel Falls Trail in 2.4 miles.
The Little Brier Gap Trail is an easy, pleasant hike that usually isn’t very crowded. And it’s a great way to learn about some of the wonderful history of the Great Smoky Mountains.