Jenkins Ridge Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 60.5 miles from Brevard, North Carolina (NC)
4 Stars
20,679 Steps 1  (9.1 mi)


The Jenkins Ridge Trail has a maximum elevation of 5,095 ft (1,553 m), a minimum elevation of 2,297 ft (700 m), and an elevation range of 2,798 ft (853 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
20,6799.1 mi2,297 ft5,095 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
5.4 hrs233.22,799 ft148 ft
[ B to A ]
4.5 hrs12.3148 ft2,799 ft

What is the length of the Jenkins Ridge Trail?

The length of the trail is 9.1 mi (14.7 km) or 20,679 steps.

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

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 5.4 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 4.5 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 Jenkins 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: Cades Cove, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Thunderhead Mountain, NC
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Silers Bald, NC
  4. West Topo Map: Fontana Dam, NC
  5. Topo Map: Tuskeegee, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Noland Creek, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Robbinsville, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Hewitt, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Wesser, NC

Is there a Jenkins Ridge trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Jenkins Ridge Trail is located on the Tuskeegee 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.