Sunkota Ridge Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 41.9 miles from Brevard, North Carolina (NC)
4 Stars
20,446 Steps 1  (9.0 mi)


The Sunkota Ridge Trail has a maximum elevation of 4,849 ft (1,478 m), a minimum elevation of 2,411 ft (735 m), and an elevation range of 2,438 ft (743 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
20,4469.0 mi2,411 ft4,849 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
5.4 hrs232.62,791 ft403 ft
[ B to A ]
4.5 hrs33.6403 ft2,791 ft

What is the length of the Sunkota Ridge Trail?

The length of the trail is 9.0 mi (14.4 km) or 20,446 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Sunkota Ridge Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 5.4 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 4.5 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 Sunkota Ridge 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: Silers Bald, NC
  2. North Topo Map: Clingmans Dome, NC
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Smokemont, NC
  4. West Topo Map: Noland Creek, NC
  5. Topo Map: Bryson City, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Whittier, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Wesser, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Alarka, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Greens Creek, NC

Is there a Sunkota Ridge trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Sunkota Ridge Trail is located on the Bryson City and Smokemont 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.