Beech Gap Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Located 38.4 miles from Asheville, North Carolina (NC)

4 Stars
6,953 Steps 1  (3.0 mi)

The Beech Gap Trail has a maximum elevation of 4,970 ft (1,515 m), a minimum elevation of 3,310 ft (1,009 m), and an elevation gain of 8,727 ft (2,660 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Beech Gap 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.


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
6,9533.0 mi3,310 ft4,970 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
2.1 hrs2.08,727 ft4,263 ft
[ B to A ]
1.6 hrs0.34,263 ft8,727 ft

What is the length of the Beech Gap Trail?

The length of the Beech Gap Trail is 3.0 mi (4.8 km) or 6,953 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Beech Gap Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the Beech Gap Trail in 2.1 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 1.6 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Beech Gap Trail Topo Maps

Download free Beech Gap Trail topo maps 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: Mount Guyot, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Luftee Knob, NC
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Cove Creek Gap, NC
  4. West Topo Map: Smokemont, NC
  5. Topo Map: Bunches Bald, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Dellwood, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Whittier, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Sylva North, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Hazelwood, NC

Is there a Beech Gap Trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Beech Gap Trail is located on the Bunches Bald and Luftee Knob topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

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  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 sum of distance on the trail where angles to the horizontal is between 30 and 50 degrees (the angle of a stairway) divided by ten, 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.

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