Cucumber Gap Trail is a hiking trail in Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 2,554 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,086 feet. The Cucmber Gap saddle can be seen along the trail.
Cucumber Gap Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Leave Elkmont and cruise up the ultra-attractive Little River valley, where the watercourse tumbles over huge boulders, forming large, clear pools that invite a dip in the cool mountain stream. Pass a tributary waterfall. Leave the Little River on an old railroad grade that gently climbs to a gap and then descends to Jakes Creek Valley, returning to Elkmont.
This is a great hike year-round. In spring, wildflowers abound along the Little River and Huskey Branch. Swimmers and sunbathers can enjoy the big waters of the Little River. Fall colors are vibrant along the streams and near Cucumber Gap. Solitude seekers will enjoy winter."
--Johnny Molloy, Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition (Wilderness Press).
"This is a great hike for those who want more of a woodland stroll than a lung-busting mountain climb. Head out from Elkmont and cruise up the ultra-attractive Little River Valley, where the watercourse tumbles over huge boulders, forming large, clear pools that invite you to take a dip in the cool mountain stream. Leave Little River for an old railroad grade that gently climbs to a gap then descends to Jakes Creek Valley, from where you return to Elkmont. Start your hike on the Little River Trail, which was moved back in the mid 1990s, after a flood washed out some of the upper section of the old road."
--Johnny Molloy, Day & Overnight Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Menasha Ridge Press).
"If you’re looking for an easy, relatively short, and interesting loop hike, it doesn’t get much better than this. It makes a wonderful day hike if you’re staying at Elkmont Campground—you don’t even have to drive to the trailhead, since the campground is so close. A little over 2 miles of this hike are along Little River on Little River Trail. Walk up the gravel road past the gate on Jakes Creek Trail. Climb fairly steeply to the junction with Cucumber Gap Trail, cutting sharply back to the left (east). Take Cucumber Gap Trail and make a long, gradual ascent through second-growth yellow poplar (tulip tree) and abundant spring wildflowers to Cucumber Gap."
--Kevin Adams, Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Falcon Guides).
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