Spruce Mountain Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 35.3 miles from Asheville, North Carolina (NC)
4 Stars
2,956 Steps 1  (1.3 mi)


The Spruce Mountain Trail has a maximum elevation of 5,574 ft (1,699 m), a minimum elevation of 4,829 ft (1,472 m), and an elevation range of 745 ft (227 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
2,9561.3 mi4,829 ft5,574 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
51 min65.8790 ft108 ft
[ B to A ]
41 min9.0108 ft790 ft

What is the length of the Spruce Mountain Trail?

The length of the trail is 1.3 mi (2.0 km) or 2,956 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Spruce Mountain Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 51 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 41 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 Spruce Mountain 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 Guyot, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Luftee Knob, NC
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Cove Creek Gap, NC
  4. West Topo Map: Smokemont, NC
  5. Topo Map: Bunches Bald, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Dellwood, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Whittier, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Sylva North, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Hazelwood, NC

Is there a Spruce Mountain trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Spruce Mountain Trail is located on the Bunches Bald 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.