Cucumber Gap and Little River Loop Trail

MODERATE 96 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

hiking
7 hours ago

Enjoyable diversity. I was surprised to find the sections near trailheads/parking to be asphalt, but the scenery in these areas was beautiful. Some better signage could be in place when approaching Daisy Town to guide you back to the trail start.

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2 days ago

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9 days ago

Started the trail along the river with beautiful views and last leg is through forest. Nice trail that is easily walkable regardless of skill level

hiking
28 days ago

My son and I took this trail on a Friday morning in mid-September, and pretty much had the trail to ourselves; only met 8-10 people along the 5.6 miles. We started at Jakes Creek, and the last leg was an easy stroll alongside Little River. Though there are no major waterfalls or overlooks on this trail, you can still find amazing beauty. On this trail I saw for the first time the Dolls Eye Plant. We also saw numerous mushrooms and other fungi, and many types of wildflowers still in bloom. In the upper reaches of the trail you could see where the name Cucumber Gap comes from; there were many pods strewn along the path from the Cucumber Tree (aka Mountain Magnolia). This was an excellent hike, not too strenuous for a "not-in-the-best-shape" guy in his early 60s.

hiking
30 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Start at Jake's Creek and get the hard part , ( relatively speaking ) done first. Rhododendron tunnels and beautiful water features. Don't miss the footbridge just .4 miles south of intersection with Little River Trail.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Not much to see. The trail goes all the time in the woods. Few nice creeks crossings.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely trail! I started at Jake's Creek too, being of the inclination to tackle the elevation first thanks to a sore knee. Had the first 3.5 miles of trail to myself at 7a.m. then met quite a few groups the last two miles on Little River. Beautiful hike through the forest, across a couple streams, and down the river.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

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.

3 months 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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3 months ago

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

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4 months 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.