Cucumber Gap and Little River Loop Trail

MODERATE 101 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
793 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
9 days ago

Husband I went on the Cucumber Gap trail, starting at the Little River Trailhead and followed the Jake's Creek trail to the turn. (We went backwards, to preserve my bum knee!) and I am so glad we did. The hike was strenuous for me (the knee and being mindful of the elevation I wasn't accustomed to!) on the climb up and much easier on the descent (even if the Husband had difficulty crossing one of the swollen creeks on the trail and got soggy!) We didn't see anyone on the Gap loop until a 1/2 mile from the junction to Little River - which was quite nice.
Instead of following the trail at the turn back to the trailhead and parking lot, we turned southeast and went further along the Little River trail back into the woods. That was quite lovely, and took a break at the Goshen Trail junction.
The trek back was very nice, with the river next to us, and provided plenty of pictures to show others.

hiking
18 days ago

Nice easy hike. Enjoyed all the rhododendron and the beautiful river. Fall color was gorgeous. Only saw a couple of hikers on Cucumber Gap but Little River trail was much busier. Saw several men fly fishing in the river. We really loved this hike.

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

The very gradual hike up along the river is wonderful- we were at the loop turnaround in no time (even in the falling snow!) Crossing the stream on the second half was a bit tricky with all the recent precipitation. The stroll through the abandoned cabins kept the end of hiking interesting.

25 days ago

Little River section deceiving if you start there. The true hiking experience begins the 2nd half of the trip which is a good hike.

hiking
1 month 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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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months ago

hiking
2 months 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
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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
4 months ago

4 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.