Little River Trail

EASY 53 reviews

Little River Trail is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
12.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1269 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

old growth

no dogs

A nice wide flat road that narrows to a true trail as the crowds thin. Plenty of fishing opportunities avaialble up the trail. Backcountry campsites 21 and 24 are generally available year round by reservation.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great hike; hiked here twice. Saw a black bear and her cub. There is a slight elevation (it is hardly noticeable). Nice scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike

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fly fishing
7 months ago

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camping
7 months ago

I hiked this trail on March 13th and camped at campsite 30. The actual distance from the trail head to campsite 30 is 6.8 miles. At campsite 24 begins three river crossings that you will get wet. The one just before campsite 30 you will definitely get wet. I can't speak for campsites 21 and 24. But campsite 30 is hard packed gravel and no place to hang a hammock as far as I could tell. You will definitely need a free standing tent if you choose to camp at this site. The actual trail was easy, with no views except of the river.

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hiking
11 months ago

Little River Trail
Hike Type: Out & Back
Total Distance: 12.87 Miles
Difficulty: Easy/ Moderate (due to distance)

Did this hike on Friday (11/18/16) during one of the worse droughts in the park's history. The water level in the Little River was extremely low. There were still some Fall colors in the trees though.

The trail is about as flat as it can be for being in the mountains. The elevation gain is very gentle, and the trail is well maintained. There are a few blow downs past the intersection with the Goshen Prong trail, but you can easily get around them.

Once the the trail goes by Backcountry Campsite 24, it get a bit hard to find at times. This was mainly due to the amount of leaves on the ground and lack of traffic

11 months ago

hiking
Monday, September 26, 2016

*Facilities at the Elkmont Campgrounds before you reach the parking area*

This trail has it's challenges, but the first half is relatively easy going. Once you reach past the Goshen Prong junction, is when the creek hops will get VERY challenging, and when water is much higher, can be dangerous/treacherous. Cross these creeks, if going to campsite 30, with extreme care!!
The water levels have been very low, due to the fact we've not had much rain...so they were more just boulder/rock hops, than wading pools. But when rains have fallen, and the levels are high, be prepared to get wet.
Also...as of the date that this review was written, there is a VERY large yellow jackets nest, just to the upper right of the camp/fire pit, just off the base of the tree. There were TONS of them....we stayed away to take our break, and we were left alone/not stung. Just be cautious before running around the site, looking for a place to camp, or relax.
The photos I will post will show the levels of the water, at the time of this review.
Other than these few points, the trail was very easy to navigate and hike. Steady, gentle incline, not very strenuous at all. Campsite 24 and 30 look to be very nice spots to lay your head, if you are making a several day hiking trip, or just an overnighter.

hiking
Thursday, September 22, 2016

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Friday, September 02, 2016

Great trail... Fishing was good.