Balsam Mountain Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 40.3 miles from Asheville, North Carolina (NC)
4 Stars
23,130 Steps 1  (10.2 mi)


The Balsam Mountain Trail has a maximum elevation of 6,030 ft (1,838 m), a minimum elevation of 4,442 ft (1,354 m), and an elevation range of 1,588 ft (484 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
23,13010.2 mi4,442 ft6,030 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
5.7 hrs134.81,617 ft29 ft
[ B to A ]
5.2 hrs2.429 ft1,617 ft

What is the length of the Balsam Mountain Trail?

The length of the trail is 10.2 mi (16.5 km) or 23,130 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Balsam Mountain Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 5.7 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 5.2 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail 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 Balsam Mountain Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Great Smoky Mountains National Park topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Jones Cove, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Hartford, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Waterville, NC
  4. West Topo Map: Mount Guyot, TN
  5. Topo Map: Luftee Knob, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Cove Creek Gap, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Smokemont, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Bunches Bald, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Dellwood, NC

Is there a Balsam Mountain trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Balsam Mountain Trail is located on the Luftee Knob and Mount Guyot topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.



  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.