Chimney Tops Trail

HARD 286 reviews

Chimney Tops Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, TN 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.

4.0 miles 1421 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

no dogs

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.

10 days ago

Amazing views from top to bottom.

hiking
12 days ago

Difficult but worth it! Beautiful views!

hiking
13 days ago

Awesome hike. Very challenging and sore the next day.

19 days ago

Pretty vigorous

hiking
19 days ago

I did this years ago and never recorded it. Maybe I was in too much pain. This is a steep, grueling trail.

hiking
21 days ago

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.

22 days ago

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25 days ago

This was a great hike very steep!! Very beautiful scenery !! The rock face is very difficult!!!

hiking
26 days ago

Awesome ! Hard hike but well worth it

27 days ago

One of the best scenic views I've ever experienced. Hike is tough. It totally worth it.

1 month ago

Great views...

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Fun yet challenging #outsidetherapy

hiking
1 month ago

Difficult, but worth it at the top. 4 yo didn't climb to the very top but made it to the rock face. I went to the top via the trail to the right. Easy getting up, a little rough getting down. Def a tough hike, but well worth it!

Also, if you would like a special little side path, at around the 0.9 mile mark heading up (a little before the last bridge and marker 1.1mile) there is a side trail to your right. It will lead you straight down to the river (maybe 20ft at most). There is a large flat rock easily accessible in the middle of the river. This is where we ate our lunch. No one even came down while we were there because the path is easy to pass, but well walked. Hope y'all enjoy!

1 month ago

My favorite hike! A little similar to Zion's Angels landing. But no chains for you to grab on! Great cardio hiking up the hill at the beginning. Great views at the top. There are several peaks for you to climb. The adventure never ends like how it shows on the hiking map! Keep going!

This is my favorite hike!

1 month ago

it's definitely a strenuous hike there and back. it's been two days with legs are still burning but so worth it.
I found it easier to take the rock climb up to the peak and cone down the trail..