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

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

no dogs

hiking
14 days ago

hike it with my wife on November 2nd. beautiful, foggy and cold. not too many hikers. nice and relaxing.

1 month ago

a nice, moderate trail, with easy reaches along the Little River. A portion is also known as Jake's trail, and the signs can be confusing. The non-river reach is sparsely hiked, with several challenging stream crossings, making the trail totally worth it. Parking at the trailhead is easier to get than at some of the other trails in GSM park.

hiking
1 month ago

I'm not a "flat" trail kind of guy, but the scenery along the River Trail is rivaled by few trails in the area. I enjoyed the ruggedness of the Cucumber Trail, which also had some excellent scenery. We ended our hike walking through Daisy Town, which was very neat.

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2 months ago

This was a great hike! The little river trail was easy peasy - flat gravel trail along the river. Just beautiful! Cucumber gap trail I found to be a bit challenging at times (for me) due to many tree roots, uphills, and a couple stream crossings. A hiking stick would have been beneficial on the cucumber gap trail, but I did it without just fine. Just watch your step! No bear sittings but saw evidence of them on the trail. Really nice hike overall.

hiking
2 months ago

Very enjoyable easy hike. Pleasant walk on gravel path along the Little River and beautiful forest trail going back on Cumberland Gap trail. Didn't see any bears but saw lot's of signs of bear on the trail (scat).

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2 months ago

Nice jaunt this morning! I recommend starting from the left and going clockwise.

2 months ago

My 4 year old walked 4 miles round-trip.

3 months ago

Very pleasant, easy walk. Temperature was in the High 70’s and clear sky. Trail is very easy and only had a total elevation gain of about 700’. Half of the hike is along a beautiful creek. The highlight of our hike was a swim where a small stream cascades into river. Hannah saw a baby snake....

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3 months ago

How beautiful are the Smoky Mountains? This trail was fairly easy yet extremely enjoyable - beautiful streams flowing through wonderful forests.

4 months ago

Did the trail today starting up Little River trail to the Cucumber Gap, then down the Jakes Creek trail. Great variety of terrain but very manageable. The hike along the river was outstanding, with many Appalachian Tiger swallowtail butterflies. They were plentiful and swirled around us as well as many congregated on the ground. Then the Cucumber Gap trail was an up and over, but not too exerting. We actually encountered a full size bear on the trail. We kept our distance and were fine. The final leg passed through remnants of older log homes as we neared the end. We absolutely loved this trail loop!!

4 months ago

great trail. starting on the little river trail section makes the elevation change be more gradual.

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4 months ago

Wonderful hike.

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5 months ago

Beautiful trail. We completed the entire loop, starting with the more moderate hike through Cucumber Gap and ending along the river on Little River Trail. Hiked this in the rain and it was actually quite nice - a little muddy and some stream crossings, but overall very peaceful. Some tips if you would like to hike this loop: Waterproof boots! We got to the trailhead before 8am and it said the road was closed. After 8am we were able to enter. There are two parking lots right next to each other. If you want to hike along the stream first, park in the first lot. If you want to hike the more moderate part first, then park in the 2nd lot. If you do the full loop it will end in the lot that you likely did not park in, so you have to walk a little bit further. Finally, as we were finishing up the hike it was becoming very highly trafficked. Enjoy!

5 months ago

Great hike, beautiful river went up to husky gap. Plenty of fishing holes. It loops if you take Jacobs trail back but it's the next parking area over.

5 months ago

At the beginning, the trail is wide and easy. Some people come back without completing the loop. The second half of the loop has a couple of challenging creek crossings an the path becomes narrower. At some points, it is wide for just one person. The creek views and sounds are very nice. At the end of the loop there are very old houses where just the fireplaces stand. We enjoyed this easy to moderate trail.

6 months ago

We just did the first part, about 1+ mile in and turned around and went back. It’s very easy with just a slight upgrade on a wide, paved trail. You are no further than 30 yards from a beautiful babbling brook the entire time. Just beautiful.

7 months ago

One of the most beautiful wildflower trails in April. Little river trial is gorgeous anytime, it is minimal grade following Little River for most of the hike.

walking
7 months ago

Great trail. 3/22/18. Had a lot of mud and a little snow but over all a wonderful loop.

hiking
8 months ago

This was an enjoyable hike with beautiful views of the river along the first half. The trail along the river would be a great out and back hike for families with younger children. For those who continue on and hike the loop the trail gains some elevation after the turning point and there are more roots and rocks to contend with. This part of the trail has a couple of fun stream crossings. You may get your feet a bit wet, but we navigated them with little trouble on March 12. There are some nice views of the surrounding mountains as you reach the high point on the trail. We also enjoyed seeing the remnants of old cabins near the trail head.

8 months ago

This was a beautiful hike and I found the troll Bridge!!!

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8 months ago

Great trail, the first part is more like an uphill walk and would actually be a great hike up and back, perhaps going a little further...the full trail was good, the second half much harder than the first. Lots of tree roots, constant climb. Of course you go downhill at most of that is on a gravel trail past the wonderful old cabins. There were a couple of streams to cross with stepping stones, got a little wet, I guess it's that time of year.

9 months ago

It was hard but it was worth 20,000 steps

11 months ago

great trail easy for first half then a little moderate.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

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.

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Sunday, November 05, 2017

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
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

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.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

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

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Monday, October 23, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, October 14, 2017

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
Monday, September 25, 2017

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.

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