Little Cataloochee Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 30.8 miles from Asheville, North Carolina (NC)
4 Stars
12,468 Steps 1  (5.5 mi)


The Little Cataloochee Trail has a maximum elevation of 3,901 ft (1,189 m), a minimum elevation of 2,936 ft (895 m), and an elevation range of 965 ft (294 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
12,4685.5 mi2,936 ft3,901 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
2.9 hrs79.1949 ft765 ft
[ B to A ]
2.8 hrs63.8765 ft949 ft

What is the length of the Little Cataloochee Trail?

The length of the trail is 5.5 mi (8.9 km) or 12,468 steps.

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

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 2.9 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 2.8 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 Cataloochee 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: Hartford, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Waterville, NC
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Lemon Gap, NC
  4. West Topo Map: Luftee Knob, NC
  5. Topo Map: Cove Creek Gap, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Fines Creek, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Bunches Bald, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Dellwood, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Clyde, NC

Is there a Little Cataloochee trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Little Cataloochee Trail is located on the Cove Creek Gap 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.