Lead Cove Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 5.5 miles from Townsend, Tennessee (TN)
4 Stars
4,209 Steps 1  (1.8 mi)


The Lead Cove Trail has a maximum elevation of 3,054 ft (931 m), a minimum elevation of 1,877 ft (572 m), and an elevation range of 1,177 ft (359 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
4,2091.8 mi1,877 ft3,054 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
1.2 hrs95.71,148 ft0 ft
[ B to A ]
51 min0.00 ft1,148 ft

What is the length of the Lead Cove Trail?

The length of the trail is 1.8 mi (3.0 km) or 4,209 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Lead Cove Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 1.2 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 51 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 Lead Cove 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: Kinzel Springs, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Wear Cove, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Gatlinburg, TN
  4. West Topo Map: Cades Cove, TN
  5. Topo Map: Thunderhead Mountain, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Silers Bald, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Fontana Dam, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Tuskeegee, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Noland Creek, NC

Is there a Lead Cove trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Lead Cove Trail is located on the Thunderhead Mountain topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  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.