Chimney Tops Trail

#3 of 182 trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Join the largest community of outdoor enthusiasts.

Get Started

Upgrade to Pro

Unlimited access to National Geographic TOPO! & Trails Illustrated Maps

Learn More »

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.

Share your experience to help other people learn more about this trail:

Write ReviewUpload PhotosUpload Tracks

James Smith (1377)

22 Completed21 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 (205)

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.

Nick Parker (349)

19 Completed8 Reviews

1-1-2011 Hiked w/daughter, nephew and were 2nd to top in 2011. What a way to start the year.

Tom Smith (257)

17 Completed10 Reviews

Fantastic Hike. Great payoff with the view.
I took my son, daughter and my two nieces on this one.

Matt Bushnell (86)

4 Completed2 Reviews

awesome! only word to describe this hike! go early in the morning. it is a pretty steep hike so be prepared.

Nolan Fulton (83)

2 Completed1 Reviews

Great trail. Got the the summit from the farthest side away from the main trail. Easily climb a v-notch rock face. Great view. Trail was a little slippery cause it rained on the way up. Would do this one again