Cucumber Gap Loop
ElevationAscent: 774' 236 m
Descent: -735' -224 m
High: 2,954' 900 m
Low: 2,180' 664 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“Get two for the price of one: a gentle stream run and a quiet woods run.”— Michelle Kras
As you turn right onto Cucumber Gap Trail, you'll notice that you are now on a well-worn singletrack trail. You'll need to be careful of roots and rocks on the trail, and the sound of the river will soon disappear. You are now taking a quiet run in the woods. There's more up and down terrain here, but it's a nice contrast to the Little River Trail. Wildflowers border the trail during the spring and early summer. After 2.4 miles on the Cucumber Gap Trail, you'll reach Jakes Creek Trail. Take a right here.
Jakes Creek Trail is an old gravel road. Take this road for .3 miles, then you'll reach the Jakes Creek Trailhead. From here, continue .5 miles on the road back to the parking lot.
During your run, you may see dilapidated cabins. Though they are closed off, they are an interesting feature to photograph. These used to be vacation cabins, built before the park was established. Although owners were given the option to lease their property for many years after the park was established, the NPS would not renew leases in 1994. There are plans to restore some structures, but the park will eventually be removing most of them.
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Land Manager: NPS - Great Smoky Mountains National Park