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Walker Sisters Cabin reopens

The project included replacing portions of the roof. NPS photo The project included replacing portions of the roof. NPS photo

After being closed since late 2021 for renovations, the Walker Sisters Cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is once again open to the public.

The two-story cabin, accessible by a 1.5-mile hike from the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area on the Tennessee side of the park, was closed so the park’s Forever Places crew could address safety concerns and complete renovations. They replaced the roof and portions of the wall timbers, stabilized the foundation, added new floorboards and restored the fireplace. Dating back to the 1800s, the cabin was occupied by the Walker sisters through 1964.

Funding for the project came from Friends of the Smokies through its Forever Places campaign to protect and preserve historical resources in the park. The program hires skilled preservation crew members and supplies them the necessary tools and materials.

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