Welch Ridge Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 53.2 miles from Brevard, North Carolina (NC)
4 Stars
15,519 Steps 1  (6.9 mi)


The Welch Ridge Trail has a maximum elevation of 5,463 ft (1,665 m), a minimum elevation of 4,491 ft (1,369 m), and an elevation range of 972 ft (296 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
15,5196.9 mi4,491 ft5,463 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.6 hrs39.3472 ft863 ft
[ B to A ]
3.7 hrs71.9863 ft472 ft

What is the length of the Welch Ridge Trail?

The length of the trail is 6.9 mi (11.0 km) or 15,519 steps.

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

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 3.6 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.7 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 Welch 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: Wear Cove, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Gatlinburg, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Mount Le Conte, TN
  4. West Topo Map: Thunderhead Mountain, NC
  5. Topo Map: Silers Bald, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Clingmans Dome, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Tuskeegee, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Noland Creek, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Bryson City, NC

Is there a Welch Ridge trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Welch Ridge Trail is located on the Silers 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.