Hike the Cucumber Gap and Little River Loop

Rate this Adventure Elkmont, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, United States

  • Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    5.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    800 Feet

Easy Parking
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall

The Cucumber Gap and Little River Loop is located next to the Elkmont Campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

This loop offers a scenic 2.5 mile hike next to the river before looping back around via the Cucumber Gap Trail. At the tail end, you'll connect with the Jakes Creek Trail for about 0.7 miles to return you back to the parking lot. 

Many people hike this trial clockwise, but if it's a hot day, it's not a terrible idea to go counter-clockwise to get some of the tougher terrain out of the way first and have the river at the end of the hike to take a quick dip and cool off. 

No Dogs on the trail please. 

Pack List

  • Trail Shoes
  • Camera
  • Water 
  • Snacks
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Joshua Contois Explorer

Park Ranger currently working for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Restless by nature, Josh has traveled across the American west in search of new adventures. When not out exploring new trails or sleeping under the stars, you can find him in your local brewery.

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