Lost Cove Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 63.7 miles from Brevard, North Carolina (NC)
4 Stars
6,265 Steps 1  (2.8 mi)


The Lost Cove Trail has a maximum elevation of 3,698 ft (1,127 m), a minimum elevation of 1,952 ft (595 m), and an elevation range of 1,746 ft (532 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
6,2652.8 mi1,952 ft3,698 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
1.8 hrs143.81,726 ft0 ft
[ B to A ]
1.2 hrs0.00 ft1,726 ft

What is the length of the Lost Cove Trail?

The length of the trail is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) or 6,265 steps.

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

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 1.8 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 Lost 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: Calderwood, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Cades Cove, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Thunderhead Mountain, NC
  4. West Topo Map: Tapoco, NC
  5. Topo Map: Fontana Dam, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Tuskeegee, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Santeetlah Creek, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Robbinsville, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Hewitt, NC

Is there a Lost Cove trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Lost Cove Trail is located on the Fontana Dam 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.