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Made a loop out of this hike by taken Dragon Tooth Trail, returning AT and back to Dragon Tooth Trail via Boy Scott Trail (not marked in AllTrails but visible on site map and well blazed). Roughly the same miles if we took Dragon Tooth up and back. High traffic, steep inclines, multiple switchbacks and several rock scrambles. Views at the top of summit were beautiful, end of October... leaves changing. AT trail was active and follows the ridgeline with a few overlooks... valleys on both sides. The Dragon Tooth Summit ridge was exposed, great views even if you don’t scramble to the very top. But if you need time to climb, high traffic may be unsettling. Great hike!

The first part of the trail was fairly easy. It gets a lil hairy the last .7 miles to the tooth. I did it on a Tuesday in November at 8am. Only complaint is the trail had several fallen tree and brush obstructions. But it was still manageable. And the views at the top were positively Rad.

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1 day ago

Not too difficult of a hike! Steep walk up. Steps, bridges, more steps, inclines, but it’s relatively short of a hike now that the walk to the chimney tops is gated off. Took my gf and I about an hour to climb up with a solid 10 minute rest(were young and in great shape). We did see a handful of people struggling but nothing that will be hard. Beautiful view from the new lookout

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2 days ago

Great hike with fantastic views. Lots of obstacles to go over and under as well as many rocks to climb.

this was easy for the first 1.7 miles, the last bit was a thrilling adventure. lots of climbing and lots of rocks. incredible qnd fun

Over all good workout. Kinda rocky tho.

Nice trail. Lots of stairs in the beginning but after the stairs it’s not too bad. We’re not in the best shape but we’re able to handle it just fine but it was tough. Saw a variety of people (kids, elders, runners) so it’s really not that hard of a trail.

Views at the top were very nice as were views of the falls on the way up. We went on a day it was a little rainy and it was a little slippery (wet rocks and wet leaves) but very doable even if the weather isn’t ideal.

It’s an out and back and my Fitbit clocked in just over 4 miles for the whole thing so I don’t think the distance is accurate on here.

Bring $3 for parking and ladies bring toilet paper if you plan on using the restrooms at the parking lot.

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8 days ago

We did this trail after going to alum cave first. I would not suggest that you do both in one day unless you are conditioned. Chimney is strenuous. Trail started to get crowded. Go early!It’s a nice trail but it is a thigh killer. Would def go back especially to finish the trail where it is closed at the top.

Great hike - beautiful views! Does take some effort to get to the top but the views are a worthy reward! BE AWARE - we just hiked this 11/11 and the upper third of the trail is covered in ice and is veryyy slippery and quite dangerous!

Great trail went yesterday with my 12 year old son and my wife. Tuff for the kid in the 1st leg but after that no issues beautiful hike.

Awesome day with the family! The reward was well worth the hike.

Beautiful trail which suffered from the 2016 fires. They have made some great progress in restoring the trail and even though the end of the trail is still closed to hikers, it's well worth the 1.75 mile hike to the new overlook

Great early November hike. We missed the fall colors. Was pretty icy on some spots. I was surprised to see the number of small children and infants on this hike. Would not recommend small children on this hike. Also, their is some climbing, wear the appropriate shoes and not tennis shoes.

There had been lots of rain and the falls were fantastic. Glad we had our hiking poles for stability on the wet rocks and leaves.

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13 days ago

Only thing keeping it from getting 5 stars is the last section being closed since the 2016 fires, I understand why it's still closed but can't say it isn't disappointing. They have put in some great work to get the trail to the point it's at, but ending where it did was a bit of a tease. As is still a nice short hike with a good climb for the last third.

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14 days ago

Great hike! It took us about 3 hours up and down, with lots of stops for pictures and a little rest at the top. Inclines are steep and it was pretty slippery, but overall fine. Views at the top are gorgeous and well worth the climb.

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14 days ago

This was awesome!! It took my girlfriend and me a little over two hours to complete and there were definitely some steep inclines and declines! Not for the faint of heart, but the views at the end are worth every second!! 10/10!

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14 days ago

It’s tough but the view is worth it!

Great, quick hike!!

Hiked this trail this past July. It was a well maintained trail and a good workout! It gets you sweating and feeling good. It is steep but nothing crazy. Pack snacks and bring plenty of water to enjoy the view at the top!

Great hike. Not long and good work out. Done twice with my dogs.

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15 days ago

This was beyond the MOST steps I’ve climbed in quite some time! Awesome views. Got to the top and there’s somewhere you can sit! Although about 0.25 miles away is the chimney tops itself, it was blocked off due to the fire. There is a gate blocking it off.

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15 days ago

Nice hike along water down to an overlook with a view of a waterfall. Many people hike down to the overlook and back the same way, but the loop was a less gradual/strenuous walk — even if it was a bit longer.

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16 days ago

Can you say STAIRS, stairs, and some more STAIRS !
But TOTALLY worth the climb!!!! Absolutely beautiful!
You are literally on top of the world ☺️❤️.

Difficult hike but the view was worth the work!!

The hike was challenging but the view was worth it!

16 days ago

The downsides are that some sections of the trail are basically a fire road. The top is so amazing though; it’s really worth the so-so scenery beforehand. Camping at the top just before the rock is great fun too. The you can get a view of the sunset when the crowds have died down.

This is a great “developed hike”. The trail is maintained , with wooden lookouts over the falls to keep visitors safe. Great trail for kids if they will listen and stay where instructed. The lower portion is accessible and when it isn’t too wet wheelchairs can even get access. Hmm. Go during an off season and avoid the crowds. We’ve done it while it was snowing lightly and were nearly alone.

Great views at the top, especially if you go during the fall. It’s one of the hardest hikes in the Smokies in my opinion, just due to the first 3 miles up. It’s definitely doable, but pack plenty of water. The trail is not hard to follow. We went at the very beginning of November and saw some beautiful snow/ice on the trail (not enough to make the trail more difficult, just enough to make it look like a Winter Wonderland)

Great trail. Took our two small dogs they had no problem. Did see a small black bear on the first half of the trail

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