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on Chimney Tops Trail

hiking
16 hours ago

It’s a great hike, not as strenuous as people claimed. Nicely maintained trail, with a lot of stairs. My 5 year old hiked up without any problem. She was super disappointed that we are no longer allowed to climb the big rock on the top. I thought there would be some rocks to climb at the end, but it was only the newly built platform. The view on the top is ok, not spectacular. The view of the stairs is much better.

on Rainbow Falls Trail

hiking
16 hours ago

A good hike. Only opens on Fridays to Sundays. Mostly unpaved, with rain it could be a bit muddy. My 5 year old did it. It took a bit time to hike up, but coming down was a breeze.

hiking
2 days ago

This is a Smoky Mountain classic. The second mile to the overlook is intense but the views are totally worth it! Great mix of forest setting in the beginning to panoramic views at the top. Wife and I had a great time and would definitely would recommend!

hiking
2 days ago

Yup, STEEP. Felt like more than 3-4 miles up to the top, but when you go the way back down, you’ll be “oh that’s all?” :-) I enjoyed hiking this trail even though I had to make some stops to catch my breath! Spot a black bear on the trail, and had to wait some good 10-15 minutes before it left the trail.

scenic driving
2 days ago

Beautiful, easy drive! We loved the falls on the side of the road. We went at about 5 pm and found very little traffic. The directions definitely take you to the “out” end of the drive! We would definitely take this drive again.

Love driving this motor trail. There’s so much scenery and places to pull over to walk around and see the waterfalls and a few old historical buildings. Also Ely’s Mill at the end is a must visit.

little bit of a workout but totally worth it

hiking
6 days ago

Nice enjoyable hike, it took only a hr to hike up to the falls. The falls are well worth the hike.

hiking
7 days ago

I want to say first that I only hike about 3-5 times a year as I live at sea level.

THIS HIKE KICKED MY #%*

I hiked this yesterday and I can barely walk today. I thought reaching the top meant that going down would be easy but it wasn’t. My legs were giving out the whole way down. Jelly legs.

I work out about an hour a day 5 days a week including swimming and weight training. But apparently that doesn’t prepare one for a hike like this!

It was beautiful especially the first half. And the view at the top was nice but not the best I have seen.

Playing in the creek at the trailhead after the hike was a great treat.

My 11 and 17 year old girls made it to the top but my 7 year old stopped at the Ap Trail.

I would do it again but would love to train more for it. A great accomplishment for me and a great memory.

Great drive through GSM.

That said, I’d avoid this during busy times...

hiking
10 days ago

A coworker recommended this trail to me for my vacation and it was quite an experience. My entire family and I hiked this trail. It is a beautiful and scenic hike but when people says it’s steep they mean it. It is by no means an easy trail but it is very rewarding when you get to the top.

hiking
11 days ago

Definitely got my heart rate going! We went on a foggy day so we missed the beautiful view at the top. The trail itself is quite lovely and I enjoyed it a lot. We found some really neat wildlife along the way too (including a big black bear we just missed on the trail). Can’t wait to come back on a clear day!

hiking
11 days ago

Our first hike in the Smoky Mountains! Very scenic with a beautiful waterfall in the end! A little steep but a nice challenge. Our group ranged from 6 to 62 and we all enjoyed it! Will definitely do again on our next visit!

hiking
11 days ago

youre gonna be high kneeing all the way up. well worth it if you go past the blocked trail top, to the actual tops ( so im told). go early as always with the park for parking is limited.

hiking
12 days ago

It was pretty rigorous for me. I had to stop a few times in the ascent to take a breather; the incline can get pretty steep at times and there are quite a few stairs. It was fun nonetheless. There are lots of rivers and little creeks throughout the trail, and though the water is cold, it was fun to splash around in for awhile to cool off. And I have to say, the view at the top is definitely worth the effort it takes to get to it.

Fun family hike!

Pretty nice trail. Steep so it’s a little challenging. The falls were cool but not amazing

Great hike and views. Rocky terrain so take caution. Marked trail leads to Mt. LeConte.

Nicely maintained trail, beautiful beginnings along the river bed. When they say steep, they mean STEEP. The second half of the climb is rough, mostly hewn stone stairs. Beautiful vistas at the top though!

Neat well kept trail

Beautiful Views! Hike was a little difficult

Awesome..... this is a toughie... But the short length makes it easier than you think. a leg work out for sure!

Was a very nice hike to the falls, beyond that point there really weren't a lot of views, definitely thought there would be an overlook of the mountains. All-in-All a great hike.

Amazing!

Very nice, very pretty hike - a good workout but doable for virtually all ages. We saw a well behaved bear about half way up, s/he exited the trail as soon as s/he saw us.

We really enjoyed the his trail. It is strenuous, at least for me. My kids didn’t think so and probably would not have made any stops if it weren’t for me. The view from the top is beautiful and worth the hike.

Pretty amazing hike.

hiking
25 days ago

I love this place. The trail is pretty tough. Very steep with a lot of steps but once you reach the top it was well worth it!

25 days ago

absolutely beautiful shaded hike, breathtaking huge waterfall we thought it was the first little one but ten mins after that there is a huge waterfall you can sit on the Rocks and feel it's refreshing mist, it only took us 2 hrs to get there and hour and 15 mins back well worth the hike

hiking
25 days ago

Bring plenty of snacks and water

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