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Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Hike the Cucumber Gap and Little River Loop

5.5 Miles Total - 800 ft gain - Loop Trail

Originally added by Joshua Contois

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. 

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Photography
Hiking
Easy Parking
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall

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Beautiful and easy morning hike

My family and I spent three days at the Elkmont Campground and this trail was conveniently located across the street. The trail is well-paved, almost completely flat, a good spot to fish and take a morning stroll. This is the perfect family-friendly trail with several cabins and historical sites to explore as you follow the river up. I recommend you wear water shoes as there are several spots to wade in the river, cool off and enjoy the day.

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