High Rocks Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 53.4 miles from Brevard, North Carolina (NC)
4 Stars
735 Steps 1  (0.3 mi)


The High Rocks Trail has a maximum elevation of 5,174 ft (1,577 m), a minimum elevation of 5,013 ft (1,528 m), and an elevation range of 161 ft (49 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
7350.3 mi5,013 ft5,174 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
12 min14.2171 ft10 ft
[ B to A ]
9 min0.810 ft171 ft

What is the length of the High Rocks Trail?

The length of the trail is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) or 735 steps.

How long does it take to hike the High Rocks Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 12 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 9 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 High Rocks 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: Wear Cove, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Gatlinburg, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Mount Le Conte, TN
  4. West Topo Map: Thunderhead Mountain, NC
  5. Topo Map: Silers Bald, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Clingmans Dome, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Tuskeegee, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Noland Creek, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Bryson City, NC

Is there a High Rocks trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The High Rocks Trail is located on the Silers Bald and Noland Creek 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.