Appalachian Trail (Section #28)

Hot Springs
Located 29.0 miles from Asheville, North Carolina (NC)
4 Stars
23,618 Steps 1  (10.3 mi)
Appalachian Trail: [ #001 - #212 ]


The Appalachian Trail (Section #28) has a maximum elevation of 3,557 ft (1,084 m), a minimum elevation of 1,299 ft (396 m), and an elevation range of 2,258 ft (688 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
23,61810.3 mi1,299 ft3,557 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
6.2 hrs164.61,975 ft209 ft
[ B to A ]
5.5 hrs17.4209 ft1,975 ft

What is the length of the Appalachian Trail Section #28?

The length of the Appalachian Trail Section #28 is 10.3 mi (16.6 km) or 23,618 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Appalachian Trail Section #28?

A person in good physical health can hike the Appalachian Trail Section #28 in 6.2 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 5.5 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Appalachian Trail Section #28 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 Hot Springs 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

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Cedar Creek, NC
  2. North Topo Map: Davy Crockett Lake, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Greystone, TN
  4. West Topo Map: Paint Rock, NC
  5. Topo Map: Hot Springs, NC
  6. East Topo Map: White Rock, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Lemon Gap, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Spring Creek, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Marshall, NC

Is there an Appalachian Trail map for Section #28?

Yes, and it's free! The Appalachian Trail Section #28 is located on the Hot Springs topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.

KML Custom Maps

AT028T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Appalachian Trail Section #28 that you can download and view in Google Maps®, Google Earth® and Garmin® handheld GPS devices including the eTrex®, Colorado and Montana series.


  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.