Jakes' Creek Trail

#47 of 161 trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Jakes' Creek Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, TN that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

7.2 miles 1797 feet Out & Back
kid friendly birding camping fly fishing hiking nature trips walking horses forest river views waterfall wild flowers wildlife snow
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Your hike begins at the Jakes Creek Trailhead located on the road past the old cabins of Elkmont. This trail follows the old railroad grade that served the Little River Lumber Co. in the early 1900's. At 0.3 mi the intersection of Cucumber Gap Trail goes left and then at 0.4mi Meigs Mtn Trail goes right. From here you gain some elevation and soon you will have a tricky creek crossing especially with recent rains. There are several more stream crossings but none that can't be easily rock-hopped. At 2.6 mi Campsite #27 is on your left it is small but level, heavily used and horses are permitted here. At 3.3 the trail ends at Jakes Gap and intersects with Panther Creek Trail and Miry Ridge Trail.

Chad Armour
3 days ago

14 Completed13 Reviews

Check out the fireflies in early June
Near elkmont campground

Bobby Wiseman
3 months ago

6 Completed5 Reviews

The portion of the trail that leads to Cucumber Gap is mostly up hill. It's not hard but it's tiring if you're not used to that. There's not too much to see aside from the old cabins on the way but it's a great way to start a hike. Cucumber Gap is a nice break after going up hill like that.

Hugh J.
9 months ago

Alex Price
9 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Kristel C.
10 months ago

Great trail. Up hill most of the way. Nice streams to cool off in and even swim. Great camp sight (#27) along the way. Lots of wildlife. Meets up with a few other trials at the top.

Jerry T
1 year ago

151 Completed142 Reviews

No complaints along here once again typical trail here! I can not fathom how anyone would be disappointed in this hike

Michael Hall
1 year ago

30 Completed29 Reviews

Alan Bourne
3 years ago

951 Completed905 Reviews

Nice hike. It was difficult in places but it was also rewarding. We saw a bear, some deer, and wild flowers.

Linda B.
3 years ago

We began on Jake's Creek Trail, then made a loop with Cucumber Gap Trail and Little River Trail. Turned out to be my favorite hike of the week...perfect walk to end a great hiking vacation!

Eric Cutlip
3 years ago

22 Completed23 Reviews

We did the 3.7 miles to Jakes Gap, then back down to Cucumber Gap and the Little River Loop. We saw only one sign of horses and one sign of a bear. Once leaving the main creek there was a couple of tricky water crossings but the level was low enough we didn't get wet. The trail along Little River was an easy way to end the hike. The history of Elkmont and the old cabins were very interesting.

Eric and Karen

Diane M.
4 years ago

nice walk along old road. small waterfall that is pretty. walking thru old lumber town of Elkmont is interesting with old cabins-ghost town feel to it. You pass the Cucumber Gap trail sign & go about a quarter mile & look to the right of Jake's creek trail, you will see wooden steps. A path goes down from there to the Mayna Avent cabin. She was an artist who made her home there. Cabin has been well maintained. It is a beautiful spot to rest & have lunch. Watch out for snakes.