Metcalf Bottoms Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 6.5 miles from Townsend, Tennessee (TN)
4 Stars
1,607 Steps 1  (0.7 mi)


The Metcalf Bottoms Trail has a maximum elevation of 1,896 ft (578 m), a minimum elevation of 1,755 ft (535 m), and an elevation range of 141 ft (43 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
1,6070.7 mi1,755 ft1,896 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
21 min12.3148 ft60 ft
[ B to A ]
21 min5.060 ft148 ft

What is the length of the Metcalf Bottoms Trail?

The length of the trail is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) or 1,607 steps.

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

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 21 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 21 min 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 Metcalf 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: Wildwood, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Walden Creek, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Pigeon Forge, TN
  4. West Topo Map: Kinzel Springs, TN
  5. Topo Map: Wear Cove, TN
  6. East Topo Map: Gatlinburg, TN
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Cades Cove, TN
  8. South Topo Map: Thunderhead Mountain, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Silers Bald, NC

Is there a Metcalf Bottoms trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Metcalf Bottoms Trail is located on the Wear Cove 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.