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Little River Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.3 (11)

Listen to the Little River (and ford it a couple times) as it parallels this breezy, level trail.


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Map Key

6.4

Miles

10.3

KM

Point to Point

3,379' 1,030 m

High

2,178' 664 m

Low

1,202' 366 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Waterfall

Description

From the trailhead, the route is wide and gravel paved. After an initial short stretch through an open area with abandoned structured on either side, the trail parallels the Little River to the West. The trail narrows after the initial mile and narrows again to singletrack in the final two miles.

The overnight sites are well placed. The initial overnight site (Backcountry Camp 21) is about 2 miles in where the Husky Gap Trail intersects. A water source is nearby. The second overnight site (Backcountry Camp 24) is about 2/3 in or 4 miles and the final overnight site (Backcountry Camp 30 Three Forks) is at the 6.4 mile terminus. Immediately preceding Camp 30 is a moderate ford (you'll get your feet wet).

Overall, this route is easy hiking or backpacking on level terrain. There will be some water crossings and a ford.

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Christopher Dennison

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 11 votes

#4

in Elkmont

#6988

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#4

in Elkmont

#121

in North Carolina

#6,988

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An old abandoned cottage at the beginning of the Little River Trail in Elkmont. You can find a community of vacation homes from the 1920s in Elkmont before the the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established in 1934.
Apr 7, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
Little River
Apr 27, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
Bridge crossing
Apr 27, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
An easy path adjacent to the river.
Jan 14, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
Huskey Branch Falls tumbles under the footbridge into Little River.
Jan 14, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
Husky Branch Falls. A nice bench awaits.
Apr 27, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN

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