Hughes Ridge Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 42.8 miles from Asheville, North Carolina (NC)
4 Stars
10,975 Steps 1  (4.8 mi)


The Hughes Ridge Trail has a maximum elevation of 5,548 ft (1,691 m), a minimum elevation of 4,810 ft (1,466 m), and an elevation range of 738 ft (225 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
10,9754.8 mi4,810 ft5,548 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
2.7 hrs73.6883 ft187 ft
[ B to A ]
2.5 hrs15.6187 ft883 ft

What is the length of the Hughes Ridge Trail?

The length of the trail is 4.8 mi (7.8 km) or 10,975 steps.

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

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 2.7 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 2.5 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 Hughes Ridge 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: Mount Le Conte, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Mount Guyot, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Luftee Knob, NC
  4. West Topo Map: Clingmans Dome, NC
  5. Topo Map: Smokemont, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Bunches Bald, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Bryson City, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Whittier, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Sylva North, NC

Is there a Hughes Ridge trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Hughes Ridge Trail is located on the Smokemont and Mount Guyot 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.