Jakes Creek Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

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Jakes Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 2,211 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,914 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
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Jakes Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 2,211 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,914 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Panther Creek Trail, Meigs Mountain Trail, Cucumber Gap Trail, Avent Cabin Access and Miry Ridge Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Distance: 3.6
Elevation Gain: 1,914 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 2,211 feet
Top Elevation: 4,059 feet
Features: Wildflowers, Waterfalls
Driving Directions: Directions to Jakes Creek Trail
Parks: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 2211/4059 ft
Elevation Start/End: 2211/2211 ft
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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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With picturesque streams, views, wildflowers, a scenic waterfall, and some fun ridge walking, this hike makes a good option for those looking for a long day hike or an easy overnighter. Another plus is that it isn’t very crowded, although you probably won’t have the entire hike to yourself except in the dead of winter.

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). Continue straight ahead on Jakes Creek Trail, following an old logging grade. Descend slightly a few hundred feet to the junction with Meigs Mountain Trail on the right. Stay on Jakes Creek Trail and hike through a characteristic second-growth yellow poplar (tulip tree) forest while making a steady ascent on a wide parallel of Jakes Creek.

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May 2018