Little Bottoms Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 9.3 miles from Townsend, Tennessee (TN)
4 Stars
5,267 Steps 1  (2.3 mi)


The Little Bottoms Trail has a maximum elevation of 1,542 ft (470 m), a minimum elevation of 1,217 ft (371 m), and an elevation range of 325 ft (99 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
5,2672.3 mi1,217 ft1,542 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
1.3 hrs38.1457 ft296 ft
[ B to A ]
1.2 hrs24.7296 ft457 ft

What is the length of the Little Bottoms Trail?

The length of the trail is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) or 5,267 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Little Bottoms Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 1.3 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 1.2 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 Little Bottoms 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: Binfield, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Blockhouse, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Kinzel Springs, TN
  4. West Topo Map: Tallassee, TN
  5. Topo Map: Calderwood, TN
  6. East Topo Map: Cades Cove, TN
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Whiteoak Flats, TN
  8. South Topo Map: Tapoco, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Fontana Dam, NC

Is there a Little Bottoms trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Little Bottoms Trail is located on the Calderwood 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.