Fontana Dam
Appalachian Trail Section #17

Located 63.8 miles from Brevard, North Carolina

4 Stars
24,352 Steps 1  (10.4 mi)

The Appalachian Trail (Section #17) has a maximum elevation of 3,912 ft (1,192 m), a minimum elevation of 1,367 ft (417 m), and an elevation gain of 28,410 ft (8,659 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Appalachian Trail Section #17 while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.


We survey thousands of miles of trails each year. The following metrics are based on the most accurate trail data; no crowdsourced data.

[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
24,35210.4 mi1,367 ft3,912 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
6.6 hrs18.228,410 ft26,674 ft
[ B to A ]
6.5 hrs26.026,674 ft28,410 ft

What is the length of the Appalachian Trail Section #17?

The length of the Appalachian Trail Section #17 is 10.4 mi (16.8 km) or 24,352 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Appalachian Trail Section #17?

A person in good physical health can hike the Appalachian Trail Section #17 in 6.6 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 6.5 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Fontana Dam Topo Maps

Download free Fontana Dam topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) topographic maps.

Adjoining 7.5 Minute Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Calderwood, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Cades Cove, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Thunderhead Mountain, NC
  4. West Topo Map: Tapoco, NC
  5. Topo Map: Fontana Dam, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Tuskeegee, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Santeetlah Creek, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Robbinsville, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Hewitt, NC

Is there a Appalachian Trail map for Section #17?

Yes, and it's free! The Appalachian Trail Section #17 is located on the Fontana Dam topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.

KML Custom Maps

AT017T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Appalachian Trail Section #17 that you can download and view in Google Maps®, Google Earth® and Garmin® handheld GPS devices including the eTrex®, Colorado and Montana series.

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  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the sum of distance on the trail where angles to the horizontal is between 30 and 50 degrees (the angle of a stairway) divided by ten, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain is the cumulative elevation gain.
  8. Loss is the cumulative elevation loss.

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