Low Gap Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 16.9 miles from Newport, Tennessee (TN)
4 Stars
12,209 Steps 1  (5.3 mi)


The Low Gap Trail has a maximum elevation of 4,314 ft (1,315 m), a minimum elevation of 2,398 ft (731 m), and an elevation range of 1,916 ft (584 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
12,2095.3 mi2,398 ft4,314 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.2 hrs155.01,860 ft1,099 ft
[ B to A ]
3.0 hrs91.61,099 ft1,860 ft

What is the length of the Low Gap Trail?

The length of the trail is 5.3 mi (8.5 km) or 12,209 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Low Gap Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 3.2 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 Low Gap 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: Chestnut Hill, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Newport, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Neddy Mountain, TN
  4. West Topo Map: Jones Cove, TN
  5. Topo Map: Hartford, TN
  6. East Topo Map: Waterville, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Mount Guyot, TN
  8. South Topo Map: Luftee Knob, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Cove Creek Gap, NC

Is there a Low Gap trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Low Gap Trail is located on the Hartford and Luftee Knob 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.