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Fairly easy hike with nice waterfall as a reward. Would definitely recommend.

Monday 8/20/18 Got to the trailhead right at sun up with just a few cars in the parking lot. I think all were people who were staying at the lodge. My wife and I both 30 years of age have only done short 2-3 mile hike back in Ohio but we decided to go all in on this one. AllTrails said 10 miles but my Fitbit tracked 15 miles. We made it to the summit in 4.5 hours including a nice breakfast break at the bluffs. The views along the way to the top were amazing I had never seen anything like it. I was kind of disappointed when we reached the summit because it was just a pile of rocks, no overlooking views but nonetheless it was an incredible hike. Took 3 hours to make it back down.

Nice little hike. Trail is pretty much up uphill all the way. It's a nice steady incline all the way. The fall is very nice. you can climb down to the small pool at the base of the fall. I would recommend this to everyone. My wife has a heart condition and she made it without taking a break. Carry a bottle of water just to stay hydrated anytime you hike.

Beautiful hike! It had some steep inclines that were tough on me at 4 months pregnant, but the destination was worth it!

Some parts are steep . Amazing views . Good work out

hiking
2 days ago

I would say it’s moderately rated other than hard. Good for trail running. First time hiking in Knoxville TN. Good views, still have to check other trails around this area. But compared to SC it’s way better!!!

hiking
2 days ago

Just hiked this trail today. It poured the whole way up to the top and when I got there the clouds were pretty heavy but could see some of the mountains around and the Chimney Tops, but within 10 minutes the clouds were all around- I literally felt like I was walking on the clouds. I decided to sit and wait out the rain and glad I did- it stopped shortly thereafter and the clouds began to lift and the sun even made an appearance which was a nice sight and I'm glad I waited around. The hike was good, definitely steep. For a relatively short hike, it was quite the elevation change. Worth the hike for sure!

Was a great and wonderful trail. Must be prepared, the hike is fairly easy to arch rock. Then to the bluffs, it get a little tougher but well worth it. If you plan on going to the top it get very tough we made it in 4 hrs but took well over 400 pics lol, well worth any pain or soreness you may have later.

Nice, easy trail that nearly everyone can do and be rewarded with a gorgeous site at the end. Only challenge is avoiding the crowds :(

great trail and a lot to see. loved the old farm house and barn.

Nice walk. Falls small but pretty.

Well maintained trail. Pretty views from the bald. Weird to be climbing up on your way out, but doable & lovely.

hiking
3 days ago

I hiked it this morning, hoping to see a sunrise at the top. However the rain clouds blocked any “red” from the chimney top you can see. The trail is well maintained and easy to hike in the dark with a head lamp. I’m hoping they work on the last quarter of a mile and open it to the public so you can get closer to the unique tops.

I have previously hiked other trails up LeConte and was happy to see a change of scenery on this trail. The different rock features were interesting and the Bluff was neat. I started out early so I was able to easily find parking and avoided the crowds.

Easy for first time hikers as well as experienced. just make sure you have water prior as water is quarter mile away if you dont want to walk. but worth it!!!

hiking
4 days ago

Very well kept trail. Challenging but doable!

Challenging trail but, the views are amazing.

Lots of trash during the hike and the trailhead was kind of hard to find. Also, the interstate goes right along the trail so you get those noises the whole time. But, overall it was a great hike, and the views are rewarding!! We hiked during the rain and it was nice as trees provided coverage.

hiking
5 days ago

Nice short hike. I imagine it would be even better with less of a crowd.

hiking
5 days ago

Bring a towel and a swim suit the pool at the base of the falls was very fun to play in! A really fun trail that is a little challenging especially closer to the falls. This trail offers stunning views of not only a large waterfall but a view of the surrounding valley at different places alone the route. I went in early August and it was very crowded but there was plenty of room to pass large groups and also plenty of places to rest going up/coming down.

hiking
5 days ago

Truly awesome hard hiking trail with places you have to literally climb over rocks! Highly recommended for those looking for a good work out in the outdoors.

on Chimney Tops Trail

hiking
5 days 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 Laurel Falls Trail

hiking
5 days ago

It’s mostly paved trail, not quite as exciting.

hiking
5 days ago

A great hike, the stairs through the rock makes the hiking interesting. At the top of alum Cave, the view was ok, but the cave is magnificent. My 5 year old enjoyed it.

on Rainbow Falls Trail

hiking
5 days 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.

Pretty cool short hike. Overgrown in parts with limited views. Falls were awesome. The trail does continue past the trail, but we turned around because the views didn’t open up very much after the falls either.

Peaceful hike to a gorgeous bald with stunning views. The day we went the parking lot was packed but everybody else went the other way, we had the trail to ourselves, literally, all the way down and back up. Loved the hike. Not too strenuous, and took us under 2 hours.

My favorite hike ever!! We started the hike at about 7:15am so there were only a few other people along the trail so early. Inspiration point at about 2 miles is beautiful! Alum cave was pretty neat too. Above there is where the hike really gets interesting to me. Such amazing views and some of the cliffs you are on just make it a great experience. A long hike but worth the effort. We went to the lodge and Cliff Top. I am so glad we did the spur to Cliff Top, the views were stunning!! Felt like we were on top of the world! Took us roughly 6 hours start to finnish. One piece of advice, bring food, we did not and were starving for the last few miles. The Pancake Pantry in Gatlinburg was the best $40 I ever spent afterwards.

Great little hike lots of swimming holes and a little bit of a incline , great view the only sad thing is there is sooooo much trash every where and it doesn’t seem like the park is well cared for. Always super upsetting . But would def do this hike again- just next time bring some trash bags.

Great little mostly paved trail. Killer views near the top. Watch for bears, though.

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