Appalachian Trail (Section #56)

Garden Mountain to Big Bend
Located 33.9 miles from Galax, Virginia (VA)
4 Stars
21,919 Steps 1  (10.0 mi)
Appalachian Trail: [ #001 - #212 ]

Elevation

The Appalachian Trail (Section #56) has a maximum elevation of 4,074 ft (1,242 m), a minimum elevation of 2,382 ft (726 m), and an elevation range of 1,692 ft (516 m).

Metrics

[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
21,91910.0 mi2,382 ft4,074 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
4.2 hrs59.3712 ft2,115 ft
[ B to A ]
TimeFloorsGainLoss
4.6 hrs176.22,115 ft712 ft

What is the length of the Appalachian Trail Section #56?

The length of the Appalachian Trail Section #56 is 10.0 mi (16.1 km) or 21,919 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Appalachian Trail Section #56?

A person in good physical health can hike the Appalachian Trail Section #56 in 4.2 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 4.6 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Calories

The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Appalachian Trail Section #56 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.

Topo Maps

Download the free Garden Mountain to Big Bend topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

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  1. Northwest Topo Map: Tiptop, VA
  2. North Topo Map: Cove Creek, VA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Bastian, VA
  4. West Topo Map: Hutchinson Rock, VA
  5. Topo Map: Garden Mountain, VA
  6. East Topo Map: Big Bend, VA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Nebo, VA
  8. South Topo Map: Rural Retreat, VA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Crockett, VA

Is there an Appalachian Trail map for Section #56?

Yes, and they're free! The Appalachian Trail Section #56 is located on the Garden Mountain and Big Bend topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

AT056T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Appalachian Trail Section #56 that you can download and view in Google Maps®, Google Earth® and Garmin® handheld GPS devices including the eTrex®, Colorado and Montana series.

Footnotes

  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 gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.