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Jakes Creek via Miry Ridge Trail and Appalachian Trail Loop

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Jakes Creek via Miry Ridge Trail and Appalachian Trail Loop is a 25.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 25.2 miles Elevation Gain: 5,091 feet Route Type: Loop




nature trips

bird watching




no dogs

NOTE: As of May 2020, a side of the park is closed. Hikers may park on the side and hike to the trailhead.

over grown
1 month ago

This side of the park is currently still closed but made it out there. Parked at a pull off on the side of the main road and hiked to the start of the trail - Roughly about 2 miles. Parts of Little River Trail is overgrown but passable. Highly recommend this hike if you want to get away from the crowd!

8 months ago

Hiked this route in mid October. We were disappointed. I’d advise taking the Little River Trail rather than Cucumber Gap Trail at the start if you go clockwise. It follows the river and seems to be more scenic; it also cuts off a mile from the route mapped above. Goshen Prong Trail is intermittently mildly overgrown. Campsite 23 is nice and close to water. At this time of year, that was the last water source for the trail. The slog up Goshen Prong to the AT after #23 is a persistent and challenging climb. My opinion is probably tainted by persistent rain we encountered at the top, but we saw no great views, except of the creeks and falls along the Little River and Jakes Creek at the beginning and end. The AT portion was socked in with clouds; maybe there were good views there on a clear day. Campsite 26 is set back off the trail about 100 yards but is nice (no water). More mild/moderate overgrowth along Miry Ridge Trail. We saw plenty of bear sign all along the trail, but encountered none. Overall, more effort than the views were worth for us, but again, that might be due to the clouds, fog, and rain during our trip.

This trail was a great hike. There were a few places on Goshen Prong and Miry Ridge that we’re a little overgrown but the trail was still clear. Miry Ridge was having trail maintenance on it, but it’s not closed.

over grown
9 months ago

Beautiful trails. Water sources very dry along ridge at this time. Was confronted by a bear at 21 at breakfast. Some areas overgrown but passable.

11 months ago

Great views! Opens up to beautiful vistas once you hit the AT. I thought Miry Ridge was beautiful also. Bears were active. I thought the difficulty level fell on the low side of hard more towards moderate. If water level is up the two crossing could get hairy.

over grown
washed out
Wed Mar 27 2019

Tue Jan 08 2019

By far the best trail for scenery I have been on yet. I highly recommend it. The creek crossing can get a little hairy when the water is up but the experience is totally worth it.

Fri Dec 21 2018

Absolutely incredible. The scenery along the Appalachian Trail is stunning. Highly recommend!

Sat Dec 30 2017

Great hike up to the ridge line and back down the next day. Stayed at double springs gap shelter. Lots of springs and river crossings so you need waterproof boots! Stayed just above freezing fortunately.

Sun Oct 22 2017

Fri Oct 06 2017

Tue Aug 22 2017

Very cool bridge on this hike. It's very photogenic and just fun to cross. When we hiked this trail, we didn't see any other people. I don't know if that's normal, but we enjoyed the seclusion! Bug spray is recommend as you are pretty deep in the woods. I got bit a lot, but it was definitely worth it!

10 months ago

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