Chimney Tops Trail

#2 of 184 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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Jen Wall (212)

7 Completed6 Reviews

Hard, but beautiful uphill hike that is worth the challenge.

Daniel Farrell Jr. (543)

19 Completed9 Reviews

Wonderful little rock scramble at the final approach to the summit. Great views and a nice hike!

Phil Hamer (148)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Great views at top

Joshua Newton (132)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Awesome trail!! It was very exhausting, I think even more than The Ramsey Cascades trail, and 99% of it is uphill and the second mile is a steep climb. The rock at the top of the trail can be very intimidating, but it is totally worth it to climb to the top, just take your time and make sure that you have a good grip and a solid spot for your feet. The view from the top of the rock is amazing! I highly recommend this trail.

Krystal Smith (833)

13 Completed12 Reviews

If you only have a short time to spend in the park, you should make this one of the trails you hike. The beginning crosses beautiful streams, with superb swimming holes. Shortly after that, the battle begins. Hill after hill after hill. About 800 feet of it is extremely steep. The view for enduring the elevation climb is quite the reward. Especially if you get there at sunrise! Be warned though, I've seen many people take on the hills and then be too afraid to climb the summit. It's dangerous, yes, but not impossible. Be careful, as I burned my hands climbing back down. The trail info says that dogs are allowed on a leash, DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THIS TRAIL. Dogs are only allowed on two trails (if you can call them that, they run next to the road at the entrance to the park) in the whole park.

Justin Mcfarlin (76)

4 Completed1 Reviews

Nice strenuous hike. The view is worth the hike. Took us 4 hours round trip. Went up after a good rain shower so it was pretty foggy but still had the great views.

Nolan Fulton (51)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Curtis R (259)

32 Completed15 Reviews

Sarah Hillard (55)

1 Completed1 Reviews

I absolutely loved this trail! It was my first time back hiking in almost two years but I took it on like a champ! Loved this trail!

James Wilkinson (289)

12 Completed11 Reviews

Walked the trail with a bunch of my siblings, nieces and nephews. Lots of work to get up the nicely maintained trail -- strenuous and non-stop elevation change, esp the final 2 miles. last 3/10 mile is a decent rock scramble to stunning 360 views (assuming good weather!) We picnicked right at the top, and stopped at one of many stream crossing to play in the cool mountain stream on the way back to the cars. Just a wonderful out/back, leaving us tired but ready for future hikes! A highlight of our family reunion in the Smokys, that's for sure.