Crib Gap Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 4.5 miles from Townsend, Tennessee (TN)
4 Stars
4,172 Steps 1  (1.9 mi)


The Crib Gap Trail has a maximum elevation of 2,300 ft (701 m), a minimum elevation of 1,785 ft (544 m), and an elevation range of 515 ft (157 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
4,1721.9 mi1,785 ft2,300 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
53 min12.3148 ft449 ft
[ B to A ]
59 min37.4449 ft148 ft

What is the length of the Crib Gap Trail?

The length of the trail is 1.9 mi (3.0 km) or 4,172 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Crib Gap Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 53 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 59 min 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 Crib Gap 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: Blockhouse, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Kinzel Springs, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Wear Cove, TN
  4. West Topo Map: Calderwood, TN
  5. Topo Map: Cades Cove, TN
  6. East Topo Map: Thunderhead Mountain, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Tapoco, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Fontana Dam, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Tuskeegee, NC

Is there a Crib Gap trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Crib Gap Trail is located on the Cades Cove and Thunderhead Mountain 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.