Bear Creek Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 53.1 miles from Brevard, North Carolina (NC)
4 Stars
13,667 Steps 1  (6.0 mi)


The Bear Creek Trail has a maximum elevation of 4,928 ft (1,502 m), a minimum elevation of 1,847 ft (563 m), and an elevation range of 3,081 ft (939 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
13,6676.0 mi1,847 ft4,928 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.8 hrs253.43,041 ft0 ft
[ B to A ]
2.7 hrs0.00 ft3,041 ft

What is the length of the Bear Creek Trail?

The length of the trail is 6.0 mi (9.7 km) or 13,667 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Bear Creek Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 3.8 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 2.7 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 Bear Creek 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: Thunderhead Mountain, NC
  2. North Topo Map: Silers Bald, NC
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Clingmans Dome, NC
  4. West Topo Map: Tuskeegee, NC
  5. Topo Map: Noland Creek, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Bryson City, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Hewitt, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Wesser, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Alarka, NC

Is there a Bear Creek trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Bear Creek Trail is located on the Noland Creek and Silers Bald 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.