Big Creek Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 36.2 miles from Asheville, North Carolina (NC)
4 Stars
14,496 Steps 1  (6.5 mi)


The Big Creek Trail has a maximum elevation of 3,284 ft (1,001 m), a minimum elevation of 1,814 ft (553 m), and an elevation range of 1,470 ft (448 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
14,4966.5 mi1,814 ft3,284 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.5 hrs119.21,430 ft0 ft
[ B to A ]
3.1 hrs0.00 ft1,430 ft

What is the length of the Big Creek Trail?

The length of the trail is 6.5 mi (10.4 km) or 14,496 steps.

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

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 3.5 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.1 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 Big 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: Newport, NC
  2. North Topo Map: Neddy Mountain, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Paint Rock, NC
  4. West Topo Map: Hartford, TN
  5. Topo Map: Waterville, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Lemon Gap, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Luftee Knob, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Cove Creek Gap, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Fines Creek, NC

Is there a Big Creek trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Big Creek Trail is located on the Waterville and Luftee Knob 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.