Old Settlers Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 6.5 miles from Gatlinburg, Tennessee (TN)
4 Stars
36,276 Steps 1  (16.1 mi)


The Old Settlers Trail has a maximum elevation of 2,802 ft (854 m), a minimum elevation of 1,430 ft (436 m), and an elevation range of 1,372 ft (418 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
36,27616.1 mi1,430 ft2,802 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
8.3 hrs157.51,890 ft2,501 ft
[ B to A ]
8.3 hrs208.42,501 ft1,890 ft

What is the length of the Old Settlers Trail?

The length of the trail is 16.1 mi (26.0 km) or 36,276 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Old Settlers Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 8.3 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 8.3 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 Old Settlers 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: Shady Grove, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Chestnut Hill, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Newport, TN
  4. West Topo Map: Richardson Cove, TN
  5. Topo Map: Jones Cove, TN
  6. East Topo Map: Hartford, TN
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Mount Le Conte, TN
  8. South Topo Map: Mount Guyot, TN
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Luftee Knob, NC

Is there an Old Settlers trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Old Settlers Trail is located on the Jones Cove and Mount Le Conte 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.