Chestnut Branch Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 33.6 miles from Asheville, North Carolina (NC)
4 Stars
4,642 Steps 1  (2.1 mi)


The Chestnut Branch Trail has a maximum elevation of 2,963 ft (903 m), a minimum elevation of 1,716 ft (523 m), and an elevation range of 1,247 ft (380 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
4,6422.1 mi1,716 ft2,963 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
50 min0.00 ft1,247 ft
[ B to A ]
1.2 hrs103.91,247 ft0 ft

What is the length of the Chestnut Branch Trail?

The length of the trail is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) or 4,642 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Chestnut Branch Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 50 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 1.2 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 Chestnut Branch 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: Chestnut Hill, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Newport, NC
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Neddy Mountain, TN
  4. West Topo Map: Jones Cove, TN
  5. Topo Map: Hartford, TN
  6. East Topo Map: Waterville, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Mount Guyot, TN
  8. South Topo Map: Luftee Knob, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Cove Creek Gap, NC

Is there a Chestnut Branch trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Chestnut Branch Trail is located on the Hartford and Waterville 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.