Chimney Tops Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until November.
Chimney Tops trail starts behind the Visitor Center. 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.
One of my favorite hikes. Challenging and great views at the top. When you get to the top it's worth the intense uphill workout!!!
Loved this hike so much! We went the first week of Jan. 2016. It's a little strenuous at times, but the view at the end is worth every single step. I'm so glad we got to do this trail before the wildfires swept through Gatlinburg these past fees months. Whenever they open the trail back up I will definitely do it again! I've hiked several trails in Gatlinburg and this is by far my favorite!
One of my favorites, it's worth the climb! It's an amazing sunrise hike!
This trail was a pretty hard climb at times, but the view was incredible!
One of the best views I've seen it's a steep trail at the bottom but it is well worth the effort but this is a good hike for all types of people whether it's your first hike or you are an experienced backpacker. You also get a fun scramble up rocks to the summit
Amazing views from top to bottom.
Difficult but worth it! Beautiful views!
Awesome hike. Very challenging and sore the next day.
I did this years ago and never recorded it. Maybe I was in too much pain. This is a steep, grueling trail.
One of my favorite hikes.
Be careful if you are going all the way to the summit the exposed rock at the top is steep and slick.
Very dry on 11-12-16, so the stream along Road Prong trail was extremely low.
The trail was recently restored and eroded portions that were a challenge the last time I hiked this trail have been repaired. Some may not like the updates (stone stairs), but they were needed since this trail was being loved to death.
This was a great hike very steep!! Very beautiful scenery !! The rock face is very difficult!!!
Awesome ! Hard hike but well worth it
One of the best scenic views I've ever experienced. Hike is tough. It totally worth it.