Palmer Creek Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 35.0 miles from Asheville, North Carolina (NC)
4 Stars
7,666 Steps 1  (3.4 mi)


The Palmer Creek Trail has a maximum elevation of 4,541 ft (1,384 m), a minimum elevation of 3,022 ft (921 m), and an elevation range of 1,519 ft (463 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
7,6663.4 mi3,022 ft4,541 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
2.0 hrs126.61,519 ft0 ft
[ B to A ]
1.6 hrs0.00 ft1,519 ft

What is the length of the Palmer Creek Trail?

The length of the trail is 3.4 mi (5.5 km) or 7,666 steps.

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

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 2.0 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 1.6 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 Palmer 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: Jones Cove, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Hartford, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Waterville, NC
  4. West Topo Map: Mount Guyot, TN
  5. Topo Map: Luftee Knob, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Cove Creek Gap, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Smokemont, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Bunches Bald, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Dellwood, NC

Is there a Palmer Creek trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Palmer Creek Trail is located on the Luftee Knob 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.