Cataloochee Divide Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 30.8 miles from Asheville, North Carolina (NC)
4 Stars
14,978 Steps 1  (6.6 mi)


The Cataloochee Divide Trail has a maximum elevation of 5,125 ft (1,562 m), a minimum elevation of 4,157 ft (1,267 m), and an elevation range of 968 ft (295 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
14,9786.6 mi4,157 ft5,125 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.7 hrs97.01,164 ft236 ft
[ B to A ]
3.4 hrs19.7236 ft1,164 ft

What is the length of the Cataloochee Divide Trail?

The length of the trail is 6.6 mi (10.6 km) or 14,978 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Cataloochee Divide Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 3.7 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.4 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 Cataloochee Divide 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: Hartford, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Waterville, NC
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Lemon Gap, NC
  4. West Topo Map: Luftee Knob, NC
  5. Topo Map: Cove Creek Gap, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Fines Creek, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Bunches Bald, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Dellwood, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Clyde, NC

Is there a Cataloochee Divide trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Cataloochee Divide Trail is located on the Cove Creek Gap and Dellwood 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.