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2022-10-25 GSMNP-007 Cucumber Gap Loop

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Little River Trailhead
Date(s) & Time:Tue, Oct 25 2022  8:00 am >> Tue, Oct 25 2022 12:00 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Aug 1 2022 7:06 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Oct 24 2022 6:00 pm
Event Duration:Approx. 4 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:8.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Bill Wey
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 1 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


<<< Cucumber Gap Loop from Little River Trailhead >>>

This is one of the most delightful easy hikes in the GSMNP. It’s among the top choices after a few days long trekking in the park. It also leaves the second half of the day open to explore anything else.

We will meet and start at Little River Trailhead, and go along the Little River. There are lots of wildflowers by the trail. We will turn onto Cucumber Gap Trail around 2.5 miles and will be in the middle of the giant trees like tulip popular in the next 2.5 miles. Beware there are lots of roots on the trail along this section.

After that, we’ll do a little treasure hunt to find the Avent cabin because there is no sign of the cabin. The cabin was used as a summer studio and retreat by a noted artist Mayna Treanor Avent (1865 - 1959). We will hike down and cross a log footbridge to reach the treasured landmark.

We will return to Jakes Creek Trail. Then as we walk down the road we’ll pass several old shabby summer homes.

The event duration does NOT include our travelling/ driving time. Our duration time is an estimate, and we need to have some flexibility.

Required Items to Bring:


Layers of clothing suitable for the season.

Good hiking boots/shoes.

Water and snacks.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.


Hiking poles


Rain gear just in case

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Use Google Address: Little River Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

from anywhere you are coming.

If starting from Sugarlands Visitor Center of GSMNP to Little River Trail parking lot is 7 miles. The normal driving time is about 17 minutes.

The general direction:

From the Sugarlands Visitor Center of GSMNP, drive 4.9 miles west along Little River Road to reach the turnoff for the Elkmont Campground, which will be on your left.

After turning into Elkmont, drive 1.4 miles to the campground entrance. Instead of proceeding into the campground, turn left and drive another 0.6 miles to reach the parking area of the Little River Trail.


1. This event may be cancelled or rescheduled if weather conditions are not satisfactory for an enjoyable outing.

2. Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the trip leader.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

Registration for this event opens at 8/1/2022 7:06:00 PM