Jakes Creek Trail to Avent Cabin is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a great forest setting. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 482 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Nice wide trail with a nice view of the creek.

Trail was a long ascent but easy going. Almost missed the turn off to the Avent cabin. Beautiful scenic views from cabin with the water running down from the mountain. Not a fan of the small log bridge crossing over to the cabin side but worth the crossing

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5 months ago

Great family hike- We went up on a Saturday in December with family and it was not overly crowded like a lot of trails on a pretty afternoon. It is uphill walk but the path is gravel and clean. Make sure to look for the wooden steps on the right so you don’t pass the trail! In the winter when the leaves are gone you are able to see the cabin across the river. The little bridge you cross is so cool. We had a great afternoon. The round trip was around 2.6 miles!

7 months ago

Nice hike on a beautiful fall day. Very easy, just watch the rocks down to the creek when heading for the cabin.

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7 months ago

great hike

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scramble
8 months ago

I love it, at beginning you go up up up then when you find the logs stairs to the right is a little bit rocky and pass a log bridge then you will find the cabin!! Beautiful!!!

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8 months ago

Great trail to a little known cabin. Trail pretty easy and found the trail to the cabin fairly easily.

Trail was more than easy. Basically uphill for the entire way. Not much to see. Did see wild turkeys. The end is worth it tho!

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blowdown
9 months ago

The trail was on the harder side of easy but still a very pleasant hike for the family and kids. There were only a couple of blow downs and easy to navigate. We had two encounters with wild Turkeys walking parallel to the hiking path. There was an abundance millipedes on the trail some quite large. We had one snake encounter but only the kids saw that one. We only saw a couple other hikers on the path and the high trees keeps the heat off your head but don’t forget to bring water.

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9 months ago

We read the reviews and tried to not miss the turn off to the cabin but still missed it anyway. It ended up fine, just a longer hike. Hiked about 2.4 miles out and found a fun side piece down to some rocks and deep water. On our way back we were able to finally locate the cabin turn off. It should be about 1.2 - 1.3 miles in from parking lot or about .2 after you take the final split following the jakes creek trail signs the whole way. As of Mid August 2019 the wooden steps down on the right were just after the first fallen tree we crossed after that split. We could not see the cabin from the trail so don’t rely on looking for it, look for the steps instead.

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9 months ago

This hike combined the Jakes Creek Trail and Panther Creek Trail for an 11.5 mile trek. The Jakes Creek trail starts out as a wide, gravel covered but smooth steadily ascending trail through beautiful forest. It narrows to smooth single track after a mile. At the junction with the Panther Creek trail you start a steady descent through rhodedendrum ladden forests with beautiful views of the deep gorge where the creek lies. The sound of rushing water accompanies you the entire route. The hike reaches Lynn Camp Prong which makes for a great rest stop. The two ascents make for a hearty 3400 foot elevation gain. Water crossings are easy. On this Thursday in August I passed only one other hiker so solitude was in abundance.

A true gem of a hike. Highly recommended to families camping at nearby Elkmont Campground. Full of wildlife, the trail offers an easy hike. You have to be on the lookout for the bend leading across the creek to Avent Cabin (it isn't marked). Avent Cabin is an excellent teaching tool to get a feel for what life was like in the Appalachian Mountains during the 1800s. Take the kids to see the cabin; it is something they will never forget.

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10 months ago

This is rated as an easy trail, but it’s on the tougher side of easy. There is a definite incline most of the way, but going back is a breeze. This hike was very secluded and we saw only a few other people. There is a lot of nature and history on this trail, and it definitely made you feel like you were hiking in the mountains.

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10 months ago

nice trail, wide logging road with a incline most of the way. A few trees down once you get to the split. The trail to the cabin, has a set of wooden steps on the right hand side about a mile from the split, pay attention or you may miss them, the trail is overgrown leading down to the foot bridge, once you cross it about 150 yards up hill to the cabin, it is in remarkable shape. It took about an hour and a half round trip and that was with stops for pictures, talking to some folks and hiking up by the creek at .08 that leads back to the trail, very nice Cascade and water scenery.

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11 months ago

Love this hike!

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11 months ago

This is one of my family’s favorite hikes. We love seeing the old houses early in the trail. The bridge crossing the river is a great great spot to stop for a snack. We have never gone inside the cabin because of the broken floor boards, but have explored the outside.

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11 months ago

Awesome, worth your time!!! Look for the cutoff to the cabin, it’s not marked Leave only footsteps please!! -lazy P adventures

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Fri May 24 2019

just completed this trail, took us about 3 hours total. We don't hike fast, take pictures and enjoy our surroundings. Did see 2 turkeys turning into Elkmont and saw 3 more on the trail! We didnt have any problems locating the cut-off, just look for the wooden steps off to the right. Really cool cabin. Glad we hiked it.

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Wed May 15 2019

I DID miss the cut off to the cabin!!! And just kept going!! Finally at Appalachian Trail camp 27 I figured I missed it and turned around! Made for a better workout but I would have liked to see that cabin!

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Fri Mar 22 2019

My family (boys 10 and 6) and I hiked the Jake’s Creek Trail to Avent Cabin today. The trail is an old logging road, gravel mostly, uphill but not too strenuous at all. Look for a small opening on the right about 1.8 miles up the Jake’s Creek Trail - wooden steps lead down to the creek, with a small half log bridge across it, and a narrow trail up to Avent Cabin (restored in 2016 by the Friends of the Smokies). The side trail is easy to miss but you can see the cabin across the river, through the trees, so you know you’re close. Well worth the effort. Also, really cool history at Daisy Town to the right of the parking lot. NPS is restoring most of the cabins from the resort community - part of the Appalachian Club - built into early 1900’s. 2 or 3 are open to look at now. I highly recommend this hike!

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muddy
Thu Mar 14 2019

We had a great hike! Follow all the signs for Jakes Creek Trail. We passed the side trail to the cabin the first try. It’s very discreet on the right. The cabin can be seen from the main trail across the river. The trail to get to the cabin was very muddy and rocky. If you miss it like we did, there is a really pretty waterfall and rock area ahead of the cabin.

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Sun Mar 10 2019

Well worth the effort and overall not real difficult but definitely a steady climb to get to the cabin.

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Sun Mar 10 2019

Great little trail. Gentle slope uphill. Careful not to miss the side trail to the cabin on the right.

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Tue Mar 27 2018

Pretty easy little like. Good for the family. Have to be careful not to miss where you "get off" the regular trail and get on the side-trail to the cabin. We did it in the very early spring, so no leaves yet. It might be hard to see in the summer. Cabin was really interesting. History behind it is pretty cool as well. Enjoy !!

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Sun Sep 17 2017

Good hike. Cabin is worth the extra effort. There is a guestbook and history on Avent Cabin in the room at the rear the near the deck. Enjoy

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