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 gain of 9,730 ft (2,966 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Hughes 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
10,9754.8 mi4,810 ft5,548 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
2.7 hrs3.19,730 ft8,087 ft
[ B to A ]
2.5 hrs1.28,087 ft9,730 ft

What is the length of the Hughes Ridge Trail?

The length of the Hughes Ridge 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 Hughes Ridge Trail in 2.7 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 2.5 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Hughes Ridge Trail Topo Maps

Download free Hughes 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: 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.

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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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