Chimney Tops Trail

#2 of 195 trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Chimney Tops Trail is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, TN that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.0 miles 1377 feet Out & Back
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The Chimney Tops Trail is one of the most popular hikes along Newfound Gap Road. The trail owes much of its popularity to its relatively short length, and its outstanding panoramic views from the pinnacles. Its length, less than 2 miles, however, makes for a very steep hike - so much so that many hikers don't even reach the top. The first half of the trail is relatively tame. However, to reach the summit, hikers have to climb more than 960 feet over the course of the last mile! This is similar to the rate of elevation gain youll find on some of the 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado.