Mingus Creek Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 41.2 miles from Brevard, North Carolina (NC)
4 Stars
13,743 Steps 1  (6.1 mi)


The Mingus Creek Trail has a maximum elevation of 5,052 ft (1,540 m), a minimum elevation of 2,110 ft (643 m), and an elevation range of 2,942 ft (897 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
13,7436.1 mi2,110 ft5,052 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.7 hrs243.62,923 ft0 ft
[ B to A ]
2.8 hrs0.00 ft2,923 ft

What is the length of the Mingus Creek Trail?

The length of the trail is 6.1 mi (9.7 km) or 13,743 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Mingus Creek Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 3.7 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 Mingus Creek 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: Mount Le Conte, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Mount Guyot, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Luftee Knob, NC
  4. West Topo Map: Clingmans Dome, NC
  5. Topo Map: Smokemont, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Bunches Bald, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Bryson City, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Whittier, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Sylva North, NC

Is there a Mingus Creek trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Mingus Creek Trail is located on the Smokemont 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.