- Distance Hiked: 5.5 miles
- Elevation Gain: 725 ft.
Leaving Gatlinburg and traveling south on Smoky Mtn. Parkway take a right at the ranger’s station. Drive a few miles and turn left into Elkmont. Follow the signs to Jake’s Creek Trail.
We pieced together a loop that began on Jake’s Creek Trail intersecting Cucumber Gap Trail after only .7 mile. Turn left at the junction. This section of the trail is 2.4 mile with a steady increase in elevation and is moderately strenuous. Cucumber Gap trail dead ends into the Little River Trail that runs 2.4 miles back to the parking lot. This last trail section runs along the Little River on an old road bed that is mostly level and graveled and is used heavily by novice hikers. The river is gorgeous and there are several pretty white water and waterfall photo opportunities.