Appalachian Trail (Section #51)

Trout Dale to Atkins
Located 30.4 miles from Galax, Virginia (VA)
4 Stars
21,584 Steps 1  (10.1 mi)
Appalachian Trail: [ #001 - #212 ]


The Appalachian Trail (Section #51) has a maximum elevation of 3,887 ft (1,185 m), a minimum elevation of 2,435 ft (742 m), and an elevation range of 1,452 ft (443 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
21,58410.1 mi2,435 ft3,887 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.8 hrs67.3808 ft1,565 ft
[ B to A ]
4.0 hrs130.41,565 ft808 ft

What is the length of the Appalachian Trail Section #51?

The length of the Appalachian Trail Section #51 is 10.1 mi (16.2 km) or 21,584 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Appalachian Trail Section #51?

A person in good physical health can hike the Appalachian Trail Section #51 in 3.8 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 #51 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 Trout Dale to Atkins 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: Marion, VA
  2. North Topo Map: Atkins, VA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Cedar Springs, VA
  4. West Topo Map: Whitetop Mountain, VA
  5. Topo Map: Trout Dale, VA
  6. East Topo Map: Middle Fox Creek, VA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Park, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Grassy Creek, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Mouth of Wilson, VA

Is there an Appalachian Trail map for Section #51?

Yes, and they're free! The Appalachian Trail Section #51 is located on the Trout Dale and Atkins topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

AT051T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Appalachian Trail Section #51 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.