Cucumber Gap and Little River Loop Trail

MODERATE 77 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
823 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

no dogs

This loops is pretty cool. Along Little River, you can explore the area around the Spence Cabin. There is a patio right on the river behind the cabin that you can sit on and listen to the water rush by. There are also a half dozen or so field stone fireplaces along the trail where the old cabins used to stand. If you enjoy photography, these would be a good opportunity to get some cool shots. The trail is an easy incline as it used to be a railroad. It's crushed rock and very easy. Cucumber Gap trail is challenging at first as it's mostly uphill and there are a lot of toe catchers, but it was peaceful with all the large hardwood trees along the way.

5 days ago

Loved the trail, beautiful as we walked along the river and then when we moved into the woods on the Cucumber trail we were moderately challenged and the trail was gite and serene. Trail is a must in the easy to moderate range.

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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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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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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.