Rainbow Springs
Appalachian Trail Section #9

Located 47.9 miles from Brevard, North Carolina

4 Stars
22,520 Steps 1  (10.2 mi)

The Appalachian Trail (Section #9) has a maximum elevation of 5,440 ft (1,658 m), a minimum elevation of 4,069 ft (1,240 m), and an elevation gain of 27,061 ft (8,248 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Appalachian Trail Section #9 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
22,52010.2 mi4,069 ft5,440 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
4.7 hrs4.827,061 ft25,984 ft
[ B to A ]
4.9 hrs6.925,984 ft27,061 ft

What is the length of the Appalachian Trail Section #9?

The length of the Appalachian Trail Section #9 is 10.2 mi (16.4 km) or 22,520 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Appalachian Trail Section #9?

A person in good physical health can hike the Appalachian Trail Section #9 in 4.7 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 4.9 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Rainbow Springs Topo Maps

Download free Rainbow Springs 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: Topton, NC
  2. North Topo Map: Wayah Bald, NC
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Franklin, NC
  4. West Topo Map: Shooting Creek, NC
  5. Topo Map: Rainbow Springs, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Prentiss, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Macedonia, GA
  8. South Topo Map: Hightower Bald, GA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Dillard, GA

Is there a Appalachian Trail map for Section #9?

Yes, and it's free! The Appalachian Trail Section #9 is located on the Rainbow Springs topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.

KML Custom Maps

AT009T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Appalachian Trail Section #9 that you can download and view in Google Maps®, Google Earth® and Garmin® handheld GPS devices including the eTrex®, Colorado and Montana series.

Local Weather Forecast

Check the weather forecast; this weather forecast covers the Appalachian Trail Section #9, provided by the National Weather Service. (weather.gov)



  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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