Rough Creek Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 6.6 miles from Gatlinburg, Tennessee (TN)
4 Stars
6,548 Steps 1  (2.8 mi)


The Rough Creek Trail has a maximum elevation of 4,327 ft (1,319 m), a minimum elevation of 2,917 ft (889 m), and an elevation range of 1,410 ft (430 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
6,5482.8 mi2,917 ft4,327 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
1.9 hrs116.81,401 ft0 ft
[ B to A ]
1.4 hrs0.00 ft1,401 ft

What is the length of the Rough Creek Trail?

The length of the trail is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) or 6,548 steps.

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

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 1.9 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 1.4 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 Rough 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: Wear Cove, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Gatlinburg, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Mount Le Conte, TN
  4. West Topo Map: Thunderhead Mountain, NC
  5. Topo Map: Silers Bald, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Clingmans Dome, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Tuskeegee, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Noland Creek, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Bryson City, NC

Is there a Rough Creek trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Rough Creek Trail is located on the Silers Bald and Gatlinburg 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.