Little River Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 9.0 miles from Gatlinburg, Tennessee (TN)
4 Stars
14,289 Steps 1  (6.4 mi)


The Little River Trail has a maximum elevation of 3,488 ft (1,063 m), a minimum elevation of 2,205 ft (672 m), and an elevation range of 1,283 ft (391 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
14,2896.4 mi2,205 ft3,488 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.3 hrs104.51,254 ft0 ft
[ B to A ]
3.0 hrs0.00 ft1,254 ft

What is the length of the Little River Trail?

The length of the trail is 6.4 mi (10.3 km) or 14,289 steps.

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

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 3.3 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.0 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 River 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: Walden Creek, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Pigeon Forge, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Richardson Cove, TN
  4. West Topo Map: Wear Cove, TN
  5. Topo Map: Gatlinburg, TN
  6. East Topo Map: Mount Le Conte, TN
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Thunderhead Mountain, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Silers Bald, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Clingmans Dome, NC

Is there a Little River trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Little River Trail is located on the Gatlinburg and Silers Bald 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.