Fork Ridge Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Located 48.3 miles from Brevard, North Carolina (NC)

4 Stars
11,876 Steps 1  (5.2 mi)

The Fork Ridge Trail has a maximum elevation of 5,958 ft (1,816 m), a minimum elevation of 3,159 ft (963 m), and an elevation gain of 16,017 ft (4,882 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the 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
11,8765.2 mi3,159 ft5,958 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.5 hrs2.416,017 ft7,144 ft
[ B to A ]
2.4 hrs0.97,144 ft16,017 ft

What is the length of the Fork Ridge Trail?

The length of the Fork Ridge Trail is 5.2 mi (8.4 km) or 11,876 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Fork Ridge Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the Fork Ridge Trail in 3.5 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 2.4 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Fork Ridge Trail Topo Maps

Download free 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: Gatlinburg, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Mount Le Conte, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Mount Guyot, TN
  4. West Topo Map: Silers Bald, NC
  5. Topo Map: Clingmans Dome, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Smokemont, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Noland Creek, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Bryson City, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Whittier, NC

Is there a Fork Ridge Trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Fork Ridge Trail is located on the Clingmans Dome 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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