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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.

Length 5.6 mi Elevation gain 793 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Forest

Partially paved

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

No dogs

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NOTE: As of May 2020, the road leading to the trailhead is closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Please check the park website for more information. A wonderful loop with two vastly different trips through the Smokies: one smooth and easy beside a river, and another that climbs through the woods and over streams.

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Recordings (328)
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Aaron Moeckler
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Gary Mast
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wife and I did it,not much of a work out and we are in our late 50s. Need much harder one. Good hike for small children.

Whitney Pope
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HikingOff trailRocky

Great trail....very beautiful areas along the trail. Little river trail and husky gap was better than cucumber gap.

Lindsey W.
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Loved this trail. Went around 9 AM and it wasn’t too busy compared others I’ve been on in the Smokies. It was well marked with the first 2.5 miles being beautiful views of the water. Gigantic trees and beautiful ground cover. The second half of the loop is a steady incline with lots of roots, but it could be done counterclockwise to avoid the uphill walk. I did a couple of miles down and back Goshen Prong as well and I think it was well worth it!

Daniel Sobelman
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HikingBugs

Nice reasonably easy trail. Beautiful river along half of it. Slightly congested near end of trail.

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Sarah F.
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Hiking

Went on 6/20/20 and there was some traffic at times on the little river part of the trail, but we were able to keep our distance still for the most part. Not sure I would say it was necessarily heavy traffic. Able to get down in the river and even saw someone jump in to swim. We didn't see a single soul on the cucumber trail and it was beautiful. Rooted terrain, but imo it helped grip going up. Got a little lost at the end but eventually figured out how to get back to the parking lot. I would definitely recommend this trail.

Logan Gehin
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Hiking

Great loop trail

Kelly Wiles
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The camp ground and road in opened on a June 15th so no extra walking now. Peaceful, not very many people on the little river section and no one on Cumberland Gap trail. Started up on Cumberland gap and got a little lost but there are a lot of trails up there so we got back eventually. Cumberland Gap is a little rough with rooted terrain and some trees down but nothing too bad.

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Gabe L
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As of 6/1/20, entrance to trailhead and campsite is closed by car. Must hike an extra 1.5 miles from the main road (Fighting Creek Gap Road) to get to the trailhead

Josh Blosser
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Decent hike through the woods, one path follows the river and is mostly paved while the other has a lot of tree roots. Due to Corona related closures requires an extra 2.2 miles each way from the main road up the closed access road as of 5/18/20

Anthony DiOrio
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Timm Hahn
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david coffelt
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Hiking

Hiked a few years ago. Easy creek crossings.

jj cook
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Beautiful easy hike along wide paths and often next to a pretty river. Wait 2-3 weeks for all of the rhododendron to burst into bloom.

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Kristi Vick Godal
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We absolutely loved this trail. The water is so beautiful! It gets a little tricky with all the tree roots but so worth it

Brannan Croft
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This is a wonderful hike for all hikers of any experience or skill. The temperature was nice today, maybe a bit chilly. There was lots of water streaming down from the rock formation that border the trail. If someone in new to hiking, this is a great trail to start with. There’s plenty to see and the incline is very gradual

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Bojan Drobic
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Hiking

Very nice trail. The day we went out was very cold and rainy but it was still very beautiful. You walk right along a small river for a good chunk of the trail. Highly recommend it for families.

Carla Miller
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Very nice trail, one decent size creek crossing where you may get wet! The others didn't have alot of water today! Great weather sun and cold! Some trees down on the trail but easy to navigate around!

Nando Trevino
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Footing can be challenging, lots of exposed tree roots across the path. Very challenging creek crossing at about the middle of hike, possibly due to seasonal run off, had to turn around. Could have done with more waterproof boots.

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Chris Hubert
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Busy at the beginning and end but really slow for the most part.

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Zac Trautman
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pretty wet day, just went 1.5 miles out on the little river trail after doing two others. nice river views. about .6 to your right was a little waterfall. ruins are a cool touch

Beata Jeziorska
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Really rather easy, boring hike. Half of it is basically a gravel road. The other half is a trail through a forest. Only highlight was crossing a creek.

Sarah Lawson
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HikingBlowdown

I really enjoyed this trail. I did the trail in reverse from this app based on another hiker’s review (thank you!). I stared at Jakes Creek up to Cumber Gap then down to Little River. I was prepared for the river crossing based on another hiker’s review (thank you!) but didn’t expect it to be such a large, deep, rushing crossing but I made it. There were many downed trees in the path on cucumber gap but that to be expected after a weather event-snow was still on the ground and I love it! Great trail. Mostly easy but Jakes is a short climb and lost of roots on Cumber Gap.

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Joshua Poe
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First part of the trail was very easy along a wide rock road. Trail came across a nice fast rushing waterfall that I wasn’t expecting. Shortly after the falls I made the turn and the trail definitely got harder with tree stumps and a narrow pathway. I did have to cross a big stream, being by myself, I was hesitant at first because 1. I didn’t want my feet to get wet and 2. I didn’t want to slip and injure myself. This was about half way through the hike. The stream was probably faster moving than normal because of a recent snow and the sun was up with clear sky’s for the first time in days. I saw a deer and heard a lovely bird singing. There was a couple of other stream crossing. I also came across wild blueberries and bear droppings. The chimneys from the old houses that were there was also cool to see. Trail took about 2hr 45min

Larry Durand
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Still a little snow from 4 days ago. Many of the Elkmont cabins have be removed. Beautiful day and hike.

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