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Great hike. A little longer than All Trails says but that is a good thing. Very lightly travel on this day only saw a handful of other folks on the trail. We did it clockwise and did it in just about 2.5 hours. Very wide to begin but narrowed then widened at the end. Bonus: you get to pass Col Chapman’s residence.

hiking
2 days ago

Pretty easy and a nice walk for all ages. Gravel covered and well marked. Ends at the Visitor center and if you're too pooped out you can take a trolly back to town. Lots of river views, odd burnt trees. Posted for bears and caution around the instability of a burnt forest.

Underwhelming. Never far from the road & there was construction going on. Would have been two stars except for the elk.

This was good as you get to see 3 different trails. The little river is super pretty and flat, cucumber gap is slightly uphill and narrow. Then Jacobs creek is a short wide trail and flat. Little river is a Nice trail to jog or mountain bike along the river. Also you can bike from the town of gatlinburg, to the welcome center then to laurel falls and lastly little river, cucumber gap and Jacobs creek. Good active day with easy riding and hiking.

hiking
8 days ago

Nice trail to jog or mountain bike along the river. This trail will take you from the town of gatlinburg to the sugar lands welcome center. Great to do if you don’t feel like waiting for the trolley. Also you can bike from the town to the welcome center then to laurel falls and lastly little river, cucumber gap and Jacobs creek. Good active day with easy riding and hiking.

trail parallels Little River. it's not as well traveled as Little River so gives one the impression of being out away from the crowd. the trail is moderate difficulty due to many roots, rocks and obstacles along the trail. little River is a better trail.

Did the loop starting with the Little River Trail first. Easy walk along a beautiful stream. Cucumber Trail is quite different with the trail going uphill quite a ways through huge trees. Saw one small snake on the trail sunning itself. Climb a while before the trail heads back down. Quite a few roots to step over and used rocks to cross 2 streams without getting shoes wet. Finally hit Jakes Creek Road leading back to parking. Nice trail on a beautiful day.

Nice easy walk through the woods and beautiful creek. Remnants of at least two homes. Concrete side walk. Look for the bear paw prints in the concrete near the creek.

hiking
17 days ago

Super easy walking path with plenty of spots to wade and swim in the creek. watch out for snakes!

hiking
18 days ago

Basically a woodsy walk, but one of only two trails in the park that allows dogs. Mostly shaded.

hiking
19 days ago

Perfect for hiking with dogs. We normally prefer the more challenging hikes that are far in the park, but this one was perfect for hiking with our dog in tow. Easy hiking, but gorgeous views!

A bit busy but perhaps it was because it was Labor day weekend. Really enjoyed the walk. We got there in the morning so we saw elk, even got a video of a bull crossing the river half way across he stopped and bugled. Wow! Found a nice area for our lab to swim along the trail, near an overpass. the only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 was the number of people on the trail. So the stars represent our experience not anything negative about the trail or perhaps better stated "walking path."

This is really three very different trails combined into one loop. We followed the relatively easy Little River Trail and ate lunch at the small Huskey Branch waterfall. We then doubled back on the more difficult Cucumber Gap Trail, which climbs to almost 3000 ft. before descending. It has a lot of tree roots and a couple of streams over which one must cross via rocks. It afforded us one nice view. It appeared that a ranger had come through recently with a machete, clearing away some of the branches from (mostly) rhododendrons. We ended up Jake's Creek Trail, a former road that goes past the ruins of an old settlement. Overall an excellent trail.

Always an enjoyable stroll in the forest along a beautiful river.

hiking
muddy
rocky
21 days ago

scenic driving
21 days ago

Why list this drive on a hiking trail sight? Listing it as Easy is misleading because it implies that any walk is easy & that’s not quite accurate. Visitors should be warned that the hike from the parking lot to the observation tower on Clingmans Dome is taxing & difficult for some unseasoned hikers. All paved, unshaded, and all up hill! I’ve done it 3 times & it gets more challenging each time. I would rate the hike as moderate. Also, if the fog is passing through the mountains the visibility at the top might be totally obstructed.

mountain biking
21 days ago

Was good. A lot to see. Short Ride. A little busy at 7am. Ask at the visitors center where to find trail. It’s all gravel watch your speed on downhills!

hiking
22 days ago

A very nice easy trail that was not very populated when we went (late afternoon). Dogs are allowed on this trail.

hiking
24 days ago

great cool morning! great company to share with. follow your bliss! peace~

My 5 yr old hiked the entire loop with us. We saw a doe and her fawn, a bear, and lots of millipedes. The river was very beautiful. The hike goes up quite a ways but there are no scenic overviews.

hiking
1 month ago

very decent trail .. very buggy... but you can see old chimneys still remain from back in the time when people used to live there there is actually an abandoned real state that you can walk in... At leas that's what i did cause where no warnings that said otherwise...

running
1 month ago

Trail from downtown Gatlinburg to Sugarlands Visitor’s Center; partially on pavement. Trail follows creek for scenery. One of two trails in park that allow dogs. Also great for running!

Nice trail. Went yesterday and it was very buggy. Has a small water crossing.

We did this hike yesterday and it was an easy walk by the river. We encountered two long beard Turkeys within 10 ft of the trail and the kids loved it. We spent more time stopping for the kids to look at all the pools in the river. We saw several trout in the larger pools, bring your polarized sunglasses. Once we got moving again the trail was very open and only a few hikers. There were deer on the trail but they moved on before we could get a closer Look. We took the time to walk a little father at the end of the trail to see a really nice bridge to stop and have lunch. I would say it’s .4 past the end of the turnaround. If you are less adventurous you can turn around at any point and shorten the walk. We did see one large wheeled troller on the path.

Very short trail. Small little waterfall, lots of mushrooms around. Overall cute little quick stop. Would be excellent for small children

mountain biking
1 month ago

This is one of few trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that allows bicycles so my 6 year old son and I decided to ride instead of walk. The trail was in great condition and was not very busy. Part of the trail passes through areas impacted by the 2016 fires. Very interesting to see all of the regrowth.

Roaring rapids. Quiet forests. Historic bridges. Tricky rock-hops. Abandoned homesteads. The Little River + Cucumber Gap Trail Loop has it all, and is the perfect hike for a solo day-hiker or an adventureous family ready to take on a moderate challenge. You can begin with either trail, but I recommend starting with the Little River Trail. You'll immediately notice the towering remains of old chimneys standing atop their crumbling foundations. This trail is a great way to explore a part of the Smokies where families found a way to carve an existence out of the wilderness. As you begin your trek, you'll notice that the way is smooth and easy. That's because the trail used to be a railroad bed in the park's logging days. This gentle path will allow you to spend your energy marveling at the river and its picturesque islands, fallen trees, and mighty boulders. At 2 miles, you'll cross a short bridge that spans the narrow-but-forceful Huskey Falls, a thin finger of water draining Burnt Mountain. After a few more steps, you'll reach the junction with the Cucumber Gap Trail. After resting on the log bench, you may immediately continue the loop or take a short side trip further down the Little River Trail where you'll cross an old railroad bridge, a fascinating experience given that you're nearly 3 miles away from civilization. Families should keep in mind that this bridge has no guard rails, so children need to be kept close or carefully monitored. When you're ready, start climbing up the Cucumber Gap Trail and prepare yourself for a completely different experience. This trail is narrow, rocky, and webbed with roots that make each step a careful act. The forest is thick, especially near the junction, and any breeze you enjoyed down by the river can no longer be felt. Save your water for this stretch because here is where you'll need it most. The first rock-hop you'll encounter is a tricky one over the Huskey Branch (which you crossed earlier as it emptied into the Little River). Wear water-proof shoes or bring two hiking poles to either keep yourself dry, or at least keep your balance. This rock-hop alone might be reason to return via Little River if you bring smaller kids. The climb continues, the trail still heavily laced with roots, until about the 1.1 mile point from the junction. Thankfully the challenge eases here, and you'll be working your way down a smoother, easier trail for the most part. The second rock-hop over the Tulip Branch can be relatively easy with hiking poles, or rather challenging if it has rained recently. Plan your adventure accordingly. The Cucumber Gap Trail dead-ends into the Jakes Creek Trail, where you will turn right and head down another gravel road. Here the history of Elkmont will blossom about you. Countless homesteads will appear on the left side of the trail as you descend. Be incredibly careful entering abandoned areas, and don't violate any "No Trespassing" signs the Park has put up. Stroll through Daisy Town and back down the hill to conclude your approximately 5.5 mile adventure!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is perfect trail for someone who wants an easy walk.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
1 month ago

Great trail, I started on the little River side walking along the river, there is a waterfall at 2 mile point, then about .02 this trail goes off to the right very well marked. Two creek crossing , lots of roots and rock, there was an incline on the trail, then it levels out after awhile and you start the decine, lots of diversity old logging road to the wooded part. Great trail for the family. This was not a very secluded trail saw lots of folks.

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