Chestnut Top Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 2.7 miles from Townsend, Tennessee (TN)
4 Stars
10,171 Steps 1  (4.5 mi)


The Chestnut Top Trail has a maximum elevation of 2,421 ft (738 m), a minimum elevation of 1,224 ft (373 m), and an elevation range of 1,197 ft (365 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
10,1714.5 mi1,224 ft2,421 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
2.3 hrs27.9335 ft1,195 ft
[ B to A ]
2.6 hrs99.61,195 ft335 ft

What is the length of the Chestnut Top Trail?

The length of the trail is 4.5 mi (7.2 km) or 10,171 steps.

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

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 2.3 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 2.6 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 Top 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: Wildwood, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Walden Creek, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Pigeon Forge, TN
  4. West Topo Map: Kinzel Springs, TN
  5. Topo Map: Wear Cove, TN
  6. East Topo Map: Gatlinburg, TN
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Cades Cove, TN
  8. South Topo Map: Thunderhead Mountain, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Silers Bald, NC

Is there a Chestnut Top trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Chestnut Top Trail is located on the Wear Cove 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.