Cucumber Gap and Little River Loop Trail

MODERATE 73 reviews

Cucumber Gap and Little River Loop Trail is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
862 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

no dogs

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12 days ago

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21 days ago

The parking area was full so I went up to the houses to park. I hiked Cucumber loop backwards to avoid the crowd. It is easy in my opinion. It's just peaceful being in the woods. Not a lot of spectacular views except the Little River section. There you will find beautiful river views and a very nice waterfall. Most days you can watch people fly fishing. Little River is also the area where the synchronous fireflies occur that are so popular. This trail begins and ends near Elkmont and the campground. It's a very high usage area. Beautiful along the river.

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2 months ago

We hike it the opposite direction. The first 2.5 miles was uphill and beautiful. Hiked it on April 8, 2017. Most of the old cabins are being torn down, so figured we would take a few photos. The 2nd half was very busy but still enjoyable. The full river was in view for the last couple of miles with a few fun water features.

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6 months ago

Great family hike! I would describe it as mostly easy as most elevation gain is very gradual. The trail along the Little River is wide enough for 4 hikers abreast with a mostly flat surface. Loose rocks under the carpet of Fall leaves
make twisting an ankle a possibility. Trekking poles are helpful. The view of the Little River is beautiful and the sounds of the water cascading over the rocks is relaxing. The terrain of Cucumber Gap is more variable in elevation and surface with loose rocks and ruts hiding beneath the leaves. Here again trekking poles are valuable.

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7 months ago

Cucumber Gap is a lovely trail in the fall. Nice views and a pleasant climb.

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7 months ago