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 gain of 2,347 ft (715 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Spruce Mountain 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.


[ 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 min0.52,347 ft1,471 ft
[ B to A ]
41 min0.21,471 ft2,347 ft

What is the length of the Spruce Mountain Trail?

The length of the Spruce Mountain 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 Spruce Mountain Trail in 51 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 41 min in the [ B to A ] direction.

Spruce Mountain Trail Topo Maps

Download free Spruce Mountain Trail topo maps 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.

Local Weather Forecast

Check the weather forecast; this weather forecast covers the Spruce Mountain Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, provided by the National Weather Service. (weather.gov)

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  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 sum of distance on the trail where angles to the horizontal is between 30 and 50 degrees (the angle of a stairway) divided by ten, 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.

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