Rich Mountain Loop
(8.5 miles, moderate)
This loop offers lovely views of Cades Cove. In spring you may see mountain laurel and in the fall the colors are spectacular. Park in the large lot at the start of the Cades Cove Loop Road. You will travel along the Rich Mountain Loop Trail (2.9 miles), Indian Grave Gap Trail (2.5 miles), and the Crooked Arm Ridge Trail (2.2 miles).
(5.5 miles, easy)
Cucumber Gap explores the Elkmont area and follows the Little River. Expect beautiful wildflowers in spring. Park near the barricade at the start of Little River Trail above Elkmont campground. You will travel on Little River Trail (2.4 miles) before turning back along the Cucumber Gap Trail (2.4 miles) and Jakes Creek Trail (0.3 mile), which passes Elkmont’s abandoned summer cottages. Return to your car along the road.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Tennessee, 5th Edition