Swallow Fork Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 34.0 miles from Asheville, North Carolina (NC)
4 Stars
9,850 Steps 1  (4.2 mi)

Elevation

The Swallow Fork Trail has a maximum elevation of 5,236 ft (1,596 m), a minimum elevation of 3,068 ft (935 m), and an elevation range of 2,168 ft (661 m).

Metrics

[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
9,8504.2 mi3,068 ft5,236 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.0 hrs180.22,162 ft0 ft
[ B to A ]
TimeFloorsGainLoss
2.2 hrs0.00 ft2,162 ft

What is the length of the Swallow Fork Trail?

The length of the trail is 4.2 mi (6.8 km) or 9,850 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Swallow Fork Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 3.0 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 2.2 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Calories

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 Swallow Fork 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

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  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 Swallow Fork trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Swallow Fork Trail is located on the Luftee Knob topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.

Discussion

Footnotes

  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.