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Jakes Creek AT Loop



24.5 mile 39.4 kilometer loop
86% Runnable


Ascent: 4,600' 1,402 m
Descent: -4,600' -1,402 m
High: 5,746' 1,751 m
Low: 2,309' 704 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)


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Trail shared by Brian Carpenter

A challenging, yet breathtaking 2-day loop with many highlights.

Brian Carpenter

Features Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife


This loop is a challenging 2-day route that takes you past an old community, then up to some great views from the Appalachian Trail and back down, all while passing some beautiful cascading creeks.

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Make sure to make backcountry camping reservation as the sites in the area tend to fill up.


Start at the Jakes Creek Trail Trailhead parking area just past the Elkmont Campground. Start along the Jakes Creek Trail for .3 miles and turn left onto Cucumber Gap Trail. This trail steadily climbs for a little over a mile before descending back onto the Little River Trail.

Stay on Little River Trail for 1.3 miles until you cross Lost Creek by bridge. There is a nice large log to take a small break before starting up the long climb of Goshen Prong Trail. Make a right at Goshen Prong Trail. A creek flows to your right and after a mile you can see some beautiful cascades. Around the 3.2-mile mark, you'll reach campsite #23 which makes for a nice place to take a small rest. From here the trail begins to climb from about 3200' to 5700'.

Around the 5-mile mark there is a stream which will become your last water source until you reach the AT. Just past the stream is a small cave. Eventually, the Goshen Prong Trail ends at the Appalachian Trail. From here, turn right. Double Spring Gap shelter is .6 mile and makes for a great stopping point for the day. From the right turn that you just made, you'll reach Silers Bald which is marked by a marker on top of a rock. The shelter is located about .25 miles from here.

The AT continues along the top of the mountains never dropping you too far below the ridge line. Around the 3-mile mark, you'll turn right on Miry Ridge Trail and start a long descent of about 5 miles until you reach Jake's Gap.

From here jump on Jakes Creek Trail for a quick and easy 3.3 miles back to the trailhead.

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Looking south from the AT, you can see Fontana Lake in the distance.
Oct 18, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
Jakes Creek Trail - gravel road.  Flowering trees during the springtime.
Jan 14, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
Path is well-worn and has a bit of root/rock exposure. Wildflowers border the trail during springtime.
Jan 14, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
Sharp-lobed Hepatica on the Cucumber Gap Trail
Apr 22, 2019 near Gatlinburg, TN
Cucumber Gap Trail - a nice trail in the woods.
Jan 14, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
The hills descend into the Goshen Prong.
Mar 1, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN


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