Chimney Tops Trail

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#2 of 164 trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Chimney Tops Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked 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, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until November.

4.0 miles 1371 feet Out & Back
birding hiking nature trips walking forest river views wild flowers bugs muddy rocky scramble
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Chimney Tops trail starts behind the Visitor Center in Frozen Head National Park. The trail starts as an immediate 45 degree switchback and continues like that for about a mile to the first ridge. The terrain is not traveled frequently which adds both a sense of adventure and caution to the hike. 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.

Paul Nitzke
9 days ago

50 Completed20 Reviews

this trail was my first difficult/strenuous rated trail. it was everything i was looking for...sort but a challenge...great views and vistas....very heavy traffic. so far this is my favorite GSM trail....it was as tough as advertised but well worth the hike for the view. i plan on doing this one again..

Tanya Kilby
12 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

It was a push and you have to climb the rock face but the view is beyond worth it

Sara Vroegindewey
16 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Travis Burgett
17 days ago

8 Completed0 Reviews

the views at the top make the climb worth it. Expect 2 miles of pure uphill climbing

dan mcintyre
17 days ago

3 Completed0 Reviews

Mark Ashley
18 days ago

10 Completed7 Reviews

Fun trail with great views once you get to the top. Moderately difficult and short. It can be crowded. This is not a hike for people with a feat of heights, many people stopped before the rock scramble to the top. I would probably not dot this hike in rain or snow, it could be dangerous.

Henry P.
22 days ago

This was a very hard but very awesome trail. Constant uphill with a very steep portion about half way up. Worth the effort.

Kevin Fernandez
25 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Trail can be difficult as it goes straight uphill basically the whole time, but once you get to the top and climb the rocks it is SO worth it. one of the coolest hikes I've ever done

Adrian Haney
30 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Absolutely amazing

Mike W.
1 month ago

Great trail and great experience!

Jon M.
1 month ago

John Koonce
1 month ago

7 Completed0 Reviews

Snowy and icy in mid March. Awesome experience.

Matthew Morgenroth
1 month ago

56 Completed4 Reviews

Killer hike, Amazing views!

Ty Douglass
1 month ago

7 Completed3 Reviews

Ty Douglass
1 month ago

7 Completed3 Reviews

My favorite hike to this date. Short but very steep hike but ends with an amazing view. Climbing up the exposed rock adds an extra adventure to this already exciting hike. Highly recommended.

Sarah Covey
1 month ago

3 Completed0 Reviews

Short, but steep! One of the hardest I've ever hiked. Gets really crowded with kids and families around noon, but it's still beautiful once you get to the top. Basically 2 miles of climbing stairs.
If you can, climb the rock face at the end - it's so worth the view, I can't even describe it.

Stephen Cantrell
1 month ago

8 Completed0 Reviews

Amazing Hike, Amazing View. You have to climb the rock at the very top to feel like you are truly on top of the world

Brandon Hooks
1 month ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Great view from the top!

Sierra Naff
1 month ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Great

Trevor Daniels
1 month ago

9 Completed0 Reviews