Chimney Tops Trail

#3 of 182 trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Chimney Tops Trail is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a river. The trail is primarily used for hiking & walking and is accessible year-round. The trail may be open Friday to Sunday if work is being done on trail.

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Mellissa Hayden (583)

12 Completed11 Reviews

I completed this trail 12/17/14. Hundreds of stairs, and very strenuous after the first mile. Amazing views after a mile and a half. I did this hike solo and late in the day so did not go up to the rock face. will go back to do it again one day
Overall, good hike.

Adam Ozment (57)

1 Completed1 Reviews

hiked this for the first time since they restored it (completed 12-12-14) to see what it was like. I counted 417 stairs, and missed at least 100 earlier on the trail. they did a good job restoring it, but it didn't change the difficulty level for me. also, the stairs were very slick with ice and snow, actually had to hike on the side of the trail for a majority of the trail. forgot my poles, I would highly suggest not forgetting trekking poles, lol

Nathanael Wingate (421)

15 Completed18 Reviews

You will not be disappointed the views are spectacular! Rough going up but easy coming down!! :)

Nathanael Wingate (421)

15 Completed18 Reviews

You will not be disappointed the views are spectacular! Rough going up but easy coming down!! :)

James Smith (1658)

23 Completed22 Reviews

Awesome little hike in the GSMNP. Always very crowded, so come early and enjoy this well maintained trail. Still some trail construction left to do, but in great shape. This weekend the trail and stairs were covered with ice and snow but well worth it. Love this hike and would recommend for just about anyone. Just be cautious this time of year with early sunset and snow/ice issues most of the time.

Jackie Hale (760)

14 Completed13 Reviews

Jason Campbell (89)

3 Completed1 Reviews

Elevation Gain 1,339 ft with parts of the trail very demanding. Trail is well maintained with clear markers along the path. Started the hike early in the morning with light crowds then became moderate traffic by 10:00 am.

Todd Foster (510)

35 Completed13 Reviews

great trail. trail head is easy to find but crowded. 360 views at top and dogs are welcome. only took me 1.5 hours but I was passing most. bring water for you will need it after the stairs.

Kendra Blair (377)

6 Completed5 Reviews

Fairly easy trail until you have to hike up all those steps. It's also a little tricky getting to the summit, but worth the climb. Great views!

Skye Bacus (226)

13 Completed6 Reviews

Hiked this multiple times with family and friends. Short hike with breathtaking views at the summit. Lots of fun to hike after snowfall. Summit scenery is better in summer and fall. Definitely a hike worth doing again and again.

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