Appalachian Trail (Section #59)

Mechanicsburg Virginia
Located 17.3 miles from Radford, Virginia (VA)
4 Stars
21,654 Steps 1  (10.1 mi)
Appalachian Trail: [ #001 - #212 ]


The Appalachian Trail (Section #59) has a maximum elevation of 2,899 ft (884 m), a minimum elevation of 2,021 ft (616 m), and an elevation range of 878 ft (268 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
21,65410.1 mi2,021 ft2,899 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.9 hrs69.2831 ft1,100 ft
[ B to A ]
4.0 hrs91.71,100 ft831 ft

What is the length of the Appalachian Trail Section #59?

The length of the Appalachian Trail Section #59 is 10.1 mi (16.2 km) or 21,654 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Appalachian Trail Section #59?

A person in good physical health can hike the Appalachian Trail Section #59 in 3.9 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 4.0 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Appalachian Trail Section #59 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 Mechanicsburg Virginia 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: Princeton, NC
  2. North Topo Map: Oakvale, WV
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Narrows, VA
  4. West Topo Map: Rocky Gap, VA
  5. Topo Map: Mechanicsburg, VA
  6. East Topo Map: White Gate, VA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Bland, VA
  8. South Topo Map: Long Spur, VA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Pulaski, VA

Is there an Appalachian Trail map for Section #59?

Yes, and it's free! The Appalachian Trail Section #59 is located on the Mechanicsburg topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.

KML Custom Maps

AT059T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Appalachian Trail Section #59 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.