Chestnut Top Trail to Whiteoak Sink is a 10.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Townsend, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Annual wild flower pilgrimage with views of Thunderhead and a hidden waterfall. This is a great trail year round but it's most popular in the early spring for wild flowers. The Chestnut Top Trail is marked and ascends to Schoolhouse Gap Trail.
This trail lacks on the beautiful views .. You literally are just walking through the forest the whole time.. Bat cave was blocked off this would of maybe made this hike worth it.. Let's just say I wouldn't do this hike again
Pretty trail, wild flowers were just beginning to bloom. Bat Cave and waterfall were blocked off by park
Nice easy hike. Went too early for wildflower a but was just doing a warm up hike to loosen up for my 20 mile hikes.
Great trail with beautiful views on the ridge at the top. Hiked in mid-August.
Did this one on Memorial Day weekend to avoid the crowds at the more popular trails. The Mountain Laurel was in bloom and the hike was very pretty. Only ran into one bear. The hike offers up some good views , but most people stop after about a mile and a half once they get past the large mountain laurel population. The climb at the beginning wasn't bad and once you're up on top of the ridge, it is a nice wide dirt path with your normal up and downs and very easy.
We only did Chestnut as we had been to White Oak Sinks the day before. We started at Townsend and hiked the 4.3 miles to School House Gap trail. It was mostly uphill for the first few miles. We saw a few turkeys and a large Rat Snake. There were a lot of blueberries not far from the start of the trail and we saw more in several other spots. We rested a bit at School House Gap trail and then started back. The hike was much quicker heading back with much of it being downhill. After the hike we cooled off in the stream. It was a nice ending to a great day.
Eric and Karen
My hike to White Oak Sinks was from School House Gap trail off of Laurel Creek road and then back to the same parking area for a distance of 4 miles total . Good hike for the wild flowers as well as to see a truly beautiful area deep inside the mountains. The waterfall was beautiful today since it has been raining but most of the flowers were not out, will be back.
Not to bad of a hike first mile is a little steep it continues up hill for most of trail at easy grade. Lots of wild flowers some partial views. The sinks part is a little over grown and washed on the school house road side. I did whole trail with breaks and small lunch in under 6 hours.
Easy hike, in which you would not likely encounter anyone after departing School House Gap trail. The waterfall is sparse in the summer but more volumes in the Spring, the falls disappear under a crop of rocks going under ground and actually turning into another waterfall underground you can see in Tuckaleechee Caverns.