Little River Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

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Little River Trail is a hiking trail in Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 6.2 miles long and begins at 2,170 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,356 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The 24 (elevation 2,854 feet) camp site can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the 30 (elevation 2,562 feet) camp site.
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Little River Trail is a hiking trail in Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 6.2 miles long and begins at 2,170 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,356 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The 24 (elevation 2,854 feet) camp site can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the 30 (elevation 2,562 feet) camp site. This trail connects with the following: Huskey Gap Trail, Cucumber Gap Trail, Goshen Prong Trail and Rough Creek Trail.
Activity Type: Fishing, Fly-Fishing, Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Distance: 6.2
Elevation Gain: 1,356 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 2,170 feet
Top Elevation: 3,377 feet
Features: Wildflowers
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Driving Directions: Directions to Little River Trail
Parks: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 2170/3377 ft
Elevation Start/End: 2170/2170 ft

Little River Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"On this hike you can devote half an hour, half a day, or half a week if you choose to camp. You can amble along the flat trail as far as you like, and when you’ve had enough, turn around and amble back. It’s a creek walk, a forest walk, and a history lesson all in one.

During early April you’ll see dwarf irises, trilliums, and numerous other wildflowers. During October Little River Trail becomes a riot of color and is one of the finer autumn forest walks in the Smokies. At any time of year—from a half hour before sunrise until a half hour after sunset—you can dip a fly into the river and try your hand at the large brown and rainbow trout."

"Followed by highway for much of its length, this is nonetheless one fine trout stream. The Little River is, perhaps, the quintessential Smoky Mountain trout stream. But it is more than a single river.

The largest fork, or “prong” in mountain parlance, is the East which draws its waters from the flanks of a quartet of 6,000-foot-plus mountains along the Old Smoky’s backbone. But so too does the Middle Prong which passes through the environmental center at Tremont, and the West Prong which rises on ridges named “Defeat” and “Doghobble” on the slopes of Thunderhead. Yet, when most Tennessee and Tar Heel anglers talk about the Little River, they mean the East Prong, and that’s the one that gets most of the attention. Species: Brown, rainbow. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing."

"This overnight loop follows the Little River deep into the heart of the Smokies, where you will camp in the shadow of Clingmans Dome. Then you’ll ascend Sugarland Mountain via Rough Creek Trail and camp in a boulder field at the little-used Medicine Branch Bluff campsite. This trip offers creekside and ridgeline camping with a fair amount of climbing in between.

On this hike, four stars indicate that scenery will be picturesque, it will be a relatively easy climb (five stars for difficulty would be strenuous), the trail conditions are average (one star and the trail is likely to be muddy, narrow, or have some obstacle), you can expect to run into few if any people (with one star you’ll likely be elbowing your way up the trail) and the hike is appropriate for able-bodied children (a one-star rating would denote that only the most
gung-ho and physically fit children should go)."

Recent Trail Reviews

4/15/2012
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I did this trail as part of a guided tour hosted by "A Walk in the Woods." Do this in the order it suggests. You definitely want to come down Snake Dens Trail. The highlight was the Albright Loop Trail and seeing the large tulip trees described in the review. Camp site #29 is a bit rocky, and small, so make sure to get your reservations.


9/5/2009
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I did this in reverse based on the back country's recommendation. I would not recommend that to anyone, especially a novice. We hiked to #29 the first day (roughly 10 miles) not bad except it was uphill 95% of the time. It made for a long day. We did not see anything but the trail because everytime we looked up someone would roll and ankle. We hiked out the second day (another 11 miles) because we were miserable. Hope you have a better experience than I did. Happy hiking!


8/29/2009
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This is a lovely loop. We hiked days one and two in one long day and stayed at campsite 29. Lots of lush green forest, beautiful streams and solitude. I can't say enough about how beautiful the trees, moss covered rocky streams and wildflowers were along this trail! Campsite 29 was right beside the Otter Creek and the sound of rushing water made for a soothing nights sleep. Other than that the campsite was just ok. The ascents were well engineered to be gradual climbs rather than steep, so the hiking with backpacks wasn't overwhelmingly difficult. I can't wait to explore more of the Great Smoky Mtn NP!


7/30/2009
1

The trail was easy, wide, flat and had great access to the river which was key since my husband and I hiked in for the fly fishing. The river was high and fishing wasn't great, but it was beautiful.


7/14/2008
1

Just as the author stated...This is one of the best hikes in the Smokeys! Its a Moderate hike for an avid hiker, however it will be a tougher hike if out of shape or limited hiking skills. Its uphill for about 13 of the 17.8 miles. Site #34 is awsome and well maintained, #29 is nice but rocky and LOTS of mice at night! Wood is hard to find and damp at the sites, bring your firesticks. The scenery is the best. Dont pass up on the Allbright loop!



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