Jakes' Creek Trail

#42 of 182 trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Jakes' Creek Trail is a 6.6 mile out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for camping, fly fishing, hiking & nature trips and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

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.

Preferred route: I-40 (Knoxville) to 140 East to 129 South follow signs to 411N/321N then continue on 321N to 73 East and you will enter the GSMNP. Turn left on Little River Road then right to Elkmont Campground.
If backpacking stop at the rangers station to fill out backcountry permit(no reservations are required). Park at the Little River Trailhead.
You will begin your hike by passing this trailhead to Jakes Creek Trail which is up the road to the left of the Elkmont Cabins.
I-40 East (Sevierville) exit #407 Hwy 66 to 441 South through Gatlinburg into the GSMNP entrance then right (Sugarlands Visitor Center) on Little River Road then left to Elkmont Campground.

GSMNP 865-436-1200

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

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Linda Branim

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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!

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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

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Diane Mason

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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.

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