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mountain biking
17 days ago

Set out to ride my mt bike on this trail, got about 1 mile in and was stopped by a lady that worked for the forest service. She informed me that there are only 2 trails in all the Great Smoky Mt National Park that available for mt bikers...Gatlinburg Trail & Oconaluftee River Trail. Trail head was not marked at all stating no mt bikes although it does state that on www.nps.gov. I would suggest All Trails remove mt biking in the filter section for all trails in National Parks!

backpacking
18 days ago

There are a few amazing back country sites along the trail. The trail is very flat and well traveled with many spots to stop and enjoy the Little River however there is not much other than that.

hiking
19 days ago

You can shorten this trail and turn around at the bridge and waterfall (which would be about 2.5 miles). Beautiful walk along the river and all flat. We chose to continue on Little River to Cucumber Gap and then back on Jake’s Trail. Made for a nice 6 mile hike.

Beautiful trail, but we didn’t see many people on this route through Cucumber Gap and it could use a little work. Trail signs were present and easy to follow once we found Cucumber Gap.

We started at Jake’s Trail because the parking lot at Little River was full. So, unless you turn around after Little River & Cucumber Gap, it really isnt a “loop”. It was a little confusing, but the map helped. There was a steady climb for the first 3 miles and a challenging water crossing. So, if the parking lot is full, you may want to park by Jake’s Trail, but walk down the road to start at Little River Trail. To finish the loop, we had to walk up the road.

I enjoyed the longer trail, but it was more challenging. Luckily, someone laid a bunch of logs over a stream and we bushwacked about 50 ft to find it. We could not have crossed otherwise, water moving quickly due to previous rain
i assume.

Once we arrived at Little River Trail, it was more crowded (and for obvious reasons: there was a waterfall, scenic river views and ALL Flat).

Old cabins are laid out along the historic trail which is also accessible from this trail.

Beautiful very easy for the kids very wet tho.

hiking
1 month ago

Cool short trail about 1.3 miles. Halfway around the loop you come across an old house. Pretty neat. Saw lots of wild turkey. Easy leisurely hike. Nice end to a strenuous day.

hiking
1 month ago

My wife and I hiked this trail and it has to be one of our favorites. The roar of the mountain streams and the beautiful foliage was amazing. The area of Elkmont was awesome. It is a must for anyone who loves to hike.

Pretty waterfall. Went in November. Leaves make some parts by the water slippery. Not clearly marked.

hiking
1 month ago

hike it with my wife on November 2nd. beautiful, foggy and cold. not too many hikers. nice and relaxing.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike - behind an 82' waterfall!

1 month ago

nice, easy and so beautiful trail in Fall. you can keep going to Appalachian trail through Goshen prong trail and Rough creek trail for 8 to 14 more miles.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful beautiful beautiful

A little rocky but the incline is pretty gradual. I’m super out of shape and was able to get all the way to the end. Not sure where the 7.9 mi number came from- we clocked 8.4 and the internet said 8.3. Good variety of interesting things, from historical remnants (don’t miss the old Cadillac off to the right as you’re ascending- around 1.9 miles from the trailhead!) to waterfalls and a nice stream to the beautiful forest setting (made better by the fact that the leaves are peaking in color for fall right now!).

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty hike in the middle of the wilderness. Definitely uphill most of the way so you’ll definitely get those legs burning in no time lol. Campsite 18 is pretty make sure to go right then make a quick left after crossing stream to continue up trail. Few “overlooks” but as the leaves fall I’m sure it’ll be a pretty sight. Great hike overall and weather was great today!

Short hike on heavily trafficked forest floor trail that leads to John Ownby's cabin. Parking and bathrooms at Sugarland Visitor Center. The trail guide was very informative and gave us an opportunity to stop and look around.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my new favorite hikes in the Smokies. The trail starts out fairly wide and meanders along a stream (Lynn Camp Prong) while inclining steadily. This trail offers a little bit of everything: beautiful views of the stream, interesting rock formations, and relics from days gone by that give hikers insight into how this area was used in years past. In fact, most of the trail follows an old railroad bed—when the Smokies were logged, the last logs were hauled from this area of Tremont. Pay close attention to catch some of the pieces of history along the trail (including an old cadillac, an old chimney, and stone walls), as there are no official markers, just helpful indicators left by fellow hikers. The trail gets a bit more rugged beyond the junction with Panther Creek Trail at mile 2.3. Be aware that the side trail to Indian Flat Falls (approximately 4 miles from the trailhead) is not an officially marked trail either, so keep your eyes peeled for a side trail to the right when the Middle Prong Trail swings left. If you hit the junction with two other trails, you've gone too far and have missed the falls.

hiking
1 month ago

This wide, well-maintained gravel trail is quite easy due to the gentle grade and offers outstanding views of the Middle Prong of the Little River. You will find a nice bench and awesome waterfall photo-ops at both mile 0.4 and 0.75. We continued on to the Indian Flats Falls turn-off, which is approximately 4 miles from the trailhead, shortly after the footbridge. While the Middle Prong Trail is wide and easy, the spur trail to the falls is narrow, a little tougher and in some places a bit of a scramble. Overall we really enjoyed this scenic hike; there are countless spots along the way where the side of river easily and safely accessible so you can take pics of the various cascades, fish, or just relax with your feet in the water.

Lovely mostly flat very easy trail to a small waterfall. Perfect for seniors and little kids. Cross the creek and keep goi g and the trail behinds a slow incline leading g to another small waterfall that cascades from the top of mountain all the way down. This part is good for running.

Good hike. Has a hill but keeps an easy incline.

a nice, moderate trail, with easy reaches along the Little River. A portion is also known as Jake's trail, and the signs can be confusing. The non-river reach is sparsely hiked, with several challenging stream crossings, making the trail totally worth it. Parking at the trailhead is easier to get than at some of the other trails in GSM park.

surfing
2 months ago

Hello twins:)

hiking
2 months ago

This is the second trail I have took in the smokies. It has a steady climb then back down. I nice spot to sit by a small fall and have a quick bite to eat to refuel. Love the campsites and plan to camp there on day. Watch out for the turkeys seems there all over the place here.

hiking
2 months ago

This is the second trail I have took in the smokies. It has a steady climb then back down. I nice spot to sit by a small fall and have a quick bite to eat to refuel. Love the campsites and plan to camp there on day. Watch out for the turkeys seems there all over the place here.

This was a wonderful trail for my family with kids ages 5-15. The trail was easy to walk, beautiful, and not too crowded. We even saw a bear cross the path and go across the river. Pretty views of the river and forest scenery. We only walked a mile or two in this time, but can’t wait to do a
longer hike next time

hiking
2 months ago

A good hike with kids. We saw turkeys along the path and there are a few small river crossings.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice spot for a family hike. Can be a bit steep in some areas but nothing too extreme. Some areas of the trail are narrow and on the edge of the mountain, so caution is required especially with kiddos and dogs. Long enough trail to enjoy the quiet, and get a workout and short enough to not be too intense for younger or inexperienced hikers. Gorgeous views with excellent swimming at the bottom of the waterfall. Will be back for more!

I was too late to see the mountain laurels and rhododendrons in bloom, I'll have to come back!
The views from Rocky Top as well as from the junction between Spence Field and Bote Mountain Trails are amazing. The weather was cloudy and it might be useful to know that it gets dark fast on some of the trails, especially on the Bote Mountain portion (which is also where I saw bears, a bit too close to the trail for comfort). When I hiked this, it was drizzling, but there are a bunch of picnic areas along this trail, so it's easy to find a dry spot to rest, eat and enjoy the views. Highly recommended hike!

Do not hike this trail for the sole purpose of seeing the waterfall or you will probably be disappointed.....I was. The trail scenery is rivaled by few trails in the area. You're basically walking down a gravel road beside the creek making it a good trail for people who may have mobility issues or for youngins.

I'm not a "flat" trail kind of guy, but the scenery along the River Trail is rivaled by few trails in the area. I enjoyed the ruggedness of the Cucumber Trail, which also had some excellent scenery. We ended our hike walking through Daisy Town, which was very neat.

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