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 gain of 6,159 ft (1,877 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Big Fork Ridge 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
7,5943.3 mi2,900 ft3,711 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
1.9 hrs1.46,159 ft5,172 ft
[ B to A ]
1.8 hrs1.45,172 ft6,159 ft

What is the length of the Big Fork Ridge Trail?

The length of the Big Fork Ridge 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 Big Fork Ridge Trail in 1.9 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 1.8 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Big Fork Ridge Trail Topo Maps

Download free Big Fork Ridge 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: 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.

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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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