Big Fork Ridge Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 31.0 miles from Asheville, North Carolina (NC)
4 Stars
7,594 Steps 1  (3.3 mi)


The Big Fork Ridge Trail has a maximum elevation of 3,711 ft (1,131 m), a minimum elevation of 2,900 ft (884 m), and an elevation range of 811 ft (247 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
7,5943.3 mi2,900 ft3,711 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
1.9 hrs58.2699 ft544 ft
[ B to A ]
1.8 hrs45.3544 ft699 ft

What is the length of the Big Fork Ridge Trail?

The length of the trail is 3.3 mi (5.3 km) or 7,594 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Big Fork Ridge Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 1.9 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 1.8 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 Fork Ridge 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: Luftee Knob, NC
  2. North Topo Map: Cove Creek Gap, NC
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Fines Creek, NC
  4. West Topo Map: Bunches Bald, NC
  5. Topo Map: Dellwood, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Clyde, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Sylva North, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Hazelwood, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Waynesville, NC

Is there a Big Fork Ridge trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Big Fork Ridge Trail is located on the Dellwood topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  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.