Twentymile Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 63.7 miles from Brevard, North Carolina (NC)
4 Stars
11,568 Steps 1  (5.2 mi)


The Twentymile Trail has a maximum elevation of 3,688 ft (1,124 m), a minimum elevation of 1,378 ft (420 m), and an elevation range of 2,310 ft (704 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
11,5685.2 mi1,378 ft3,688 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.0 hrs192.52,310 ft0 ft
[ B to A ]
2.2 hrs0.00 ft2,310 ft

What is the length of the Twentymile Trail?

The length of the trail is 5.2 mi (8.3 km) or 11,568 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Twentymile 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.


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 Twentymile 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: Tallassee, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Calderwood, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Cades Cove, TN
  4. West Topo Map: Whiteoak Flats, TN
  5. Topo Map: Tapoco, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Fontana Dam, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Big Junction, TN
  8. South Topo Map: Santeetlah Creek, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Robbinsville, NC

Is there a Twentymile trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Twentymile Trail is located on the Tapoco and Fontana Dam 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.