I have never been to the TN side other than fishing WPLPR along 441 once.

I am planning a trip to #24 in June. I am wondering about the hike in. Is it easier to follow Little River Trail from Elkmont or easier to take Cucumber Gap Trail to Little River Trail?

Also curious about the hike, I know it's about 3.5 miles. Is it relatively flat, a lot of elevation gain, etc? Is the trail an old road or a small foot path? I see there are no horses so I assume the trail is in decent shape regarding loose rocks, etc.

I appreciate any feedback anyone can give. I am excited about visiting a new to me place in GSMNP even though I have heard the fishing is absolutely horrible up there.