Beard Cane Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 7.9 miles from Townsend, Tennessee (TN)
4 Stars
9,397 Steps 1  (4.2 mi)


The Beard Cane Trail has a maximum elevation of 2,014 ft (614 m), a minimum elevation of 1,398 ft (426 m), and an elevation range of 616 ft (188 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
9,3974.2 mi1,398 ft2,014 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
2.1 hrs45.9551 ft380 ft
[ B to A ]
2.0 hrs31.7380 ft551 ft

What is the length of the Beard Cane Trail?

The length of the trail is 4.2 mi (6.8 km) or 9,397 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Beard Cane Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 2.1 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 2.0 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 Beard Cane 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: Maryville, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Wildwood, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Walden Creek, TN
  4. West Topo Map: Blockhouse, TN
  5. Topo Map: Kinzel Springs, TN
  6. East Topo Map: Wear Cove, TN
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Calderwood, TN
  8. South Topo Map: Cades Cove, TN
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Thunderhead Mountain, NC

Is there a Beard Cane trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Beard Cane Trail is located on the Kinzel Springs and Blockhouse 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.