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Great hike from either end but for me it is a little harder than moderate but well worth the 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.

nature trips
16 days ago

This was the first trail we hiked on our trip last week. Definitely a good starter trail for our kids. Not much to take in as far as scenery goes but it was still pretty. Lots of moss and some pretty cool fungus on the logs. Never saw any wildlife, not even birds.
There are LOTS of water crossings, some easy and some more challenging, especially with kids. We ended up taking our boots off, hiking up our pants and crossing the ice cold water barefoot in a few of the crossings.
There is a gorgeous little waterfall about 2 miles up from the trailhead.
The stream crossings got to be too frequent so we turned around after the waterfall which was a bummer. We really wanted to hike up further but the water was very cold and we got tired of taking shoes off and losing feeling in our toes every few minutes.
Overall it's not a bad hike. We may do it again at some point to go up and see the old cemetery.
The biggest like about this hike, for me, was how few people we saw. It was very quiet and serene (other than our kids when they got excited about something). Some of the more popular trails we hiked were a little too crowded and difficult to maneuver because of all the people.

Beautiful and scenic walk in the woods, very gradual incline. Nice wide trail good for in-shape people, the length makes this a moderate hike, not the elevation changes.

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike! Be prepared to get wet if it has rained recently bc you will have multiple water crossings.

great hike on the way in, few streams to cross but nothing bad, close to the falls it’s really steep but nothing bad, however the way back is the worst part because it’s all up hill well worth it though

hiking
19 days ago

The falls are great. The trip out is tough.

hiking
22 days ago

First 2.5 are relatively flat, easy. Leaves were off the trees so we had great views of the river. Then
grade began to increase , moderate difficulty, nothing over the top though, a few nice vistas. By the time we got to the end we were ready to turn around.
By the finish we were suitably tired. Great way to spend a few hours!

Fantastic! Last part a little tricky but not bad. Wonderful!!!

Nice trail not heavily used. The creek is very nice.

Hiked this trail while vacationing in Pigeon Forge with my family (10/30), it was a nice hike to the creek/small water fall. Uphill all the way to the bridge crossing mostly on an old service road, then it narrows to a rocky and root filled trail until you get to the foot bridge, we did not do the loop. We sat by the water on some large rocks and ate our lunch. All the way up you will pass small streams, you could hear the water flowing the entire hike, recent rains had the water flowing nicely. The parking is pretty tight at the trail head, but other than that it was a nice hike!

hiking
1 month ago

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

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

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.

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.

Perfect amount of hiking for a short day hike ! Beautiful water to sit by while having our lunch ! I Highly recommend this trail

good trail, work the hike

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Very rewarding hike. The way down is easy for the most part, although you will cross a few creeks where you have to be skillful to not get wet. The waterfalls are worth the whole thing, including the most difficult part, the walk back up. I wouldn't consider this a difficult hike just as long as you are in decent shape.

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
1 month ago

Hello twins:)

I definitely think this should be rated difficult, not moderate. But the beautiful waterfall and the workout is worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

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

We did this trail for our quest to hike all 900 miles in the park. I would rate this trail somewhat on the easy side but also moderate in sections.
We did see a baby bear cub, a deer and lots of turkeys.
It is a rather boring hike though with only a view at the top of the mountain and no waterfalls.
Also, I don’t like hearing car traffic for a lot of the hike.
The gnats were unreal!
There is some neat stone chimneys and walls left from a time gone by.
Bees and wildflowers were plentiful at the top of the mountain.
This isn’t a trail we would probably do again.
If I had to so it again, I would do winter and hopefully less bugs.

Make sure you bear left at the beginning of the trail over the bridge. Beautiful waters.

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.

Way more difficult than I expected and I consider myself a fairly seasoned hiker. The incline on the way up- yikes! Beautiful waterfall at the end but have no illusions thinking it’s an easy hike.

Great hike, even with children. Recommend hiking and then letting the kiddos play in the river. My young children who are known to complain did not want to leave after SIX hours 

This trail is virtually uphill from the start and doesn’t change until you are on the way back. First 1.2 miles very well maintained trail. After that the trail slowly becomes more narrow, dirt, and rock which I prefer. Very nice waterfall towards the top. Nice large old trees along the hike. Was enjoyable!

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