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Little River Trail to Little River Upper Falls and Grouse Creek Campground

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Little River Trail to Little River Upper Falls and Grouse Creek Campground is a 12.3 mile heavily 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.

Length 12.3 mi Elevation gain 1,213 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Bugs

No dogs

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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.

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Recordings (114)
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Leland glasscock
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HikingBugsGreat!MuddyOver grownRockyWashed out

Amazing trail. The first 2 miles are the hardest. Beautiful sights. Multiple amazing river views, a few small falls and one decent sized one. Bring water shoes, will have to cross some creeks to get to the end. Trail covers part of an old logging railroad to the highest point on that ridge at campsite 30. Crossing the creek to campsite 30 is a hard climb on both sides. Well worth the easy 7.1 mile hike one way. Will not be disappointed. Beware of wildlife and slick stones.

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Amy Wilson
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Hiking

Beautiful trail! Loved walking by the River. We looped back to parking lot by taking cucumber Gap and then Jake’s creeks trail. Made for a great 6 mile hike.

George Myers
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Hiking

Easy trail to walk with family. Great spots to stop and enjoy the river.

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Steve Baker
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Hiking

Hiked today with 36 folks all-told, from the Muddy Boots Hiking Group from Tellico Village. The River and weather were beautiful today. Did 2.3 miles out then back, then enjoyed the 1920’s era abandoned cottages up the hill from the trailhead. The trail was wide and clear today.

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jeff cravens
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Backpacked in to campsite 30 on Friday and back out Saturday. CS 30 is a decent site with only a few places to hang hammocks. Snowed on us off and on and temps were 10* colder than the app predicted (17* Friday night). Windy, too. It was a good adventure that, thankfully, we were prepared for in spite of the forecast (it's the Smokies, afterall). A lot of rain lately, so the last two creek crossings were done wet... the one just next to CS 30 and the one about a quarter mile before that. We brought water shoes, stripped off boots/socks and waded across... knee deep... BRRRR! We hiked the quarter mile between crossings in water shoes and were ok. Easy trail with a few dicey creek crossings (beginning at CS 24) if it's been rainy lately... be careful about bringing children this far. We ran into tons of people between the trailhead and Huskey Gap (CS 21) trail junction... only saw 4 people beyond that. This is now one of my favorite hikes. I'll do it again in warmer/drier weather.

Peter Kyc
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Bill Evans
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Hiking

Tremendous water flow today in the Little River. Hiked up to Husky Gap Trail junction & back.

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Bojan Drobic
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Hiking

Very fun and beautiful trail. Very relaxing to walk next to the river. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Subhi Saadeh
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Hiking

Solid trail if you have a kid. We took our 14 month old in a carrier but brought her out to walk here and there. I would not say this is stroller accessible unless you have a hiking stroller or one with durable wheels.

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Amy Hroma
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Carol-Ann H.
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Hiking

Came here to hike with my husband for our 1 year wedding anniversary. We will be back.

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becki b.
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Hiking

This is a great easy trail for kids. We (myself and a 5 year old and 11 year old) hiked out to campsite 21 and back - a nice wide trail and plenty of fun break spots. The camp site was a little messy- people had obviously not hiked out trash.

Chip J.
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Hiking

This was more of a dirt road walk than a hiking trail. I prefer a narrower trail. Scenic creek view.

Jeff Stelzig
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Mountain biking

Set out to ride my mt bike on this trail, got about 1 mile in and was stopped by a lady that worked for the forest service. She informed me that there are only 2 trails in all the Great Smoky Mt National Park that available for mt bikers...Gatlinburg Trail & Oconaluftee River Trail. Trail head was not marked at all stating no mt bikes although it does state that on www.nps.gov. I would suggest All Trails remove mt biking in the filter section for all trails in National Parks!

Katy Black
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Backpacking

There are a few amazing back country sites along the trail. The trail is very flat and well traveled with many spots to stop and enjoy the Little River however there is not much other than that.

Tara Lusignan
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Hiking

You can shorten this trail and turn around at the bridge and waterfall (which would be about 2.5 miles). Beautiful walk along the river and all flat. We chose to continue on Little River to Cucumber Gap and then back on Jake’s Trail. Made for a nice 6 mile hike.

Glenn Crowell
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Hiking

My wife and I hiked this trail and it has to be one of our favorites. The roar of the mountain streams and the beautiful foliage was amazing. The area of Elkmont was awesome. It is a must for anyone who loves to hike.

Melissa Patterson
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Hiking

This was a wonderful trail for my family with kids ages 5-15. The trail was easy to walk, beautiful, and not too crowded. We even saw a bear cross the path and go across the river. Pretty views of the river and forest scenery. We only walked a mile or two in this time, but can’t wait to do a longer hike next time

Wayne Mason
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Hiking

My wife and I started on the trail and then switched back when we reached Jakes Trail. Saw a mother bear and her cub about 25 yards off of the trail. Gave her plenty of room and proceeded on the trail. Little River Trail was easy but Jakes Trail was more difficult due to the climb and recent rains.

Brendan Murphy
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Camping

We backpacked out to campsite 30 for an overnight trip. Trail was very pretty and easy but closer to 7 miles each way. Campsite 30 has A LOT of honey bees buzzing around. Within minutes of putting our bags down, there were probably 10 crawling over them. They are docile and we didn’t get stung at all but expect them to be landing on you and all of your stuff if you stay there. Overall a good trail and trip.

Thomas Sharpe
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It's an easy hike, but it's a nice one.

Nancy Burgin
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Loved the hike. Our favorite was the areas along The Little River. Once away from that area the bugs were horrible and the trails were “closing in”, I assume from lack of use. We stopped on the return and had our lunch and soaked our feet in the river...best part of the day.

Bobby Wiseman
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I go here by myself at least twice a year just to get in the river after a good sweat.

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