hiking
1 day ago

The section from Long Pine Dam Crest is a gradual incline with some rocks but not very difficult. The ridge winds in and out of shaded regions and more open ones. The best time of year is probably late summer because almost the entire route from the bottom of the hill to where it crosses with the EUB trail is covered in blueberry bushes. Early July seemed about two weeks too early. Took the EUB trail back to the parking lot and 1) was glad I didn't hike up that way because of the steep incline and 2) the tall grass had grown up on that section which needed to be beaten back. There are small signs which say it is rated "most difficult" but I would not characterize this trail that way.

Gorgeous views. Started from Tumbling Run. The AT route was fairly challenging first thing in the morning, but it was my first section hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Started at Old Forge Rd at AT. Followed AT North to Chimney Rocks spur, then further up AT to Swamp Rd crossing.The vista at Chimney Rocks was quite high, with nary a sign of civilization. Lotsa thru-hikers on way to Maine. Overall 5 miles or so. Wonderful breeze from NW cooled us the whole way. Nice fern fens.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked the Abigail Trail near Long Pine Reservoir today. Started at the small parking area on Birch Run Rd and hiked down beside the reservoir until reaching the dam. Crossed the top and began the trail. Nice easy ascent then flattens out on the ridge. Nice mountain laurel everywhere. Path is easy walking with smaller occasional rocks. Several open areas. We missed the turn needed to complete the loop and instead continued North until ultimately cutting over to meet Birch Run Rd again. Will definitely repeat.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked the AT north from Old Forge Rd to the Tumbling Run shelter. Here a blue blazed trail bears slightly left. According to maps, it should also branch to the right of the shelter, but we were unable to locate any blazes beyond the group tent area. As such we continued north on the AT up a moderate incline and at 1.4 miles from our start, a blue blazed trail crosses and to the right is Chimney Rocks. Views are nice. We chose to return by crossing the AT and following the blue blazes back to the shelter. Most of this trail is an old logging or mining road. The southern portion leading to the shelter, parallels Tumbling Run Creek. Round trip distance is 3.6 miles with an elevation gain of 900 ft. Took us 2 hrs round trip.

hiking
2 months ago

We had some difficulty finding the trail access, so I hope that this may help others who are unfamiliar with the Chimney Rocks trail. Unfortunately, there is very little signage and we found it to be a bit confusing.

We first tried accessing the loop trail (blue blaze) from Swift Run Rd. but could not figure out the entry/exit point (more on that later). We drove back to the Old Forge picnic area, where another hiker explained where to access the AT at this location: if you are facing the restrooms at the picnic area, to the left and set further back is a small brown building…there is an access point to two trails a few yards behind this small building…take the left trail with the white blazes. You will cross over two roads; the trail continues directly across the first road but when you cross the second road (which I believe is Old Forge Rd.), you will need to go to the right and a short distance down the road to the trail access on your left. (Note: not sure if there is a parking area on Old Forge Rd. near this entry point to the AT but, if so, it would be a good access point…just stay on Old Forge Rd. from the picnic area past Swift Run Rd for a short distance and you should see the AT access on the left). Once across the second road, the trail starts to climb…and the grade continues to get steeper and more rocky. When we reached “the Shelter,” we opted to remain on the AT instead of following the blue blaze loop trail. The AT continued to be steep and rocky –I wouldn’t say that it was overly difficult but it was a bit tiring, especially if you are not used to more strenuous hikes. We persevered and finally made it to Chimney Rocks – the view was great and there was a nice breeze.

Coming back, we opted to follow the blue blazes and selected the right-hand trail. This trail is a much more gradual grade than the AT, switch-backing down and fairly wide with little rock. Think we made our error when we reached the bridge that crosses Tumbling Run…crossing over the bridge and climbing up again, we found ourselves at the Hermitage Cabin. We continued hiking up until we reached the trail turnoff for Shaffer Rocks; following the trail to the left, away from Shaffer rocks, took us out onto Swift Run Rd. So if you are looking to access the blue blaze loop trail from Swift Run Rd., you’ll want to park near the Shaffer Rocks access…there is actually a sign for Shaffer Rocks, so you’ll have no trouble finding it. Would have been helpful had the signage also indicated that this is also where you can access the blue blaze loop for Chimney Rocks. I think if we had not taken the trail across the bridge but stayed straight, we would have continued on the blue blaze loop trail back to “the Shelter” and the AT. We’ll have to try this hike again to see if we can figure it out.

All in all, an enjoyable hike although we did wish that there were a few more directional signs to guide us in the right direction. We hiked this on a weekday and saw only 3 hikers already up at Chimney Rocks and the people who were staying at the Hermitage Cabin.

Nice trail...if you can find it!

Pleasant hike with moderate incline. We hiked in and out but you can make a loop. We’ll be back for sure.

hiking
4 months ago

Very entertaining trail. The sights and views are amazing and exciting. Not too many steep inclines but definitely a bit of leg work necessary! Took us about 2 hours to complete.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice easy hike. Dogs allowed on leash.

We do this hike in January and it’s always a nice first hike of the year. We do this hike clockwise so coming back is just a long gradual climb on a wide trail. Next year we’ll do it backwards.

hiking
5 months ago

It was a perfect January day for a hike here. It is peaceful and well marked. Follow the blue markings.

Nice trail, 1 decent view if the leaves aren't too dense. This trail does have a few spots where rattlers lay right off the trail, keep am eye out but not something to discourage doing the trail.

hiking
7 months ago

I enjoyed the diversity this trail offers. I hiked it from Old Forge Picnic Area so it is a slow but steady climb; the first third meandered literally in and out of the stream (it had rained for the past 24 hours) and there were some lovely small water fall areas.The switchbacks on the upper 2/3 of the trail are wide and not rocky, so the climb is not hard. It was incredibly windy and cold at the top (forecasters said there were 40mph gusts today) but much of the rest of the trail was calm and enjoyable.

hiking
8 months ago

Great day for a fall hike! I’d love to do this one again!

great hike spent the night on top with my daughter's beautiful sun rise in the morning

hiking
8 months ago

A bit difficult to find the trailhead. Keep on the main (dirt) road, I believe it's Swift Run. You'll eventually come to the "parking lot" on the left which is unmarked but hopefully will have some cars parked so you know it's the Trail. We had a better time using AllTrails than Google to find it.

Really neat trail with gradual elevation increase. The vista is worth it. The trail is wide and forgiving, you're not riding a ridge. I took the blue blazes around Heritage Cabin up and back. I planned on taking the full loop, but friends bailed half way through. Used the out & back option.

Absolutely beautiful fall hike and great vista. For newbies better than Sunset Rocks which is at the North end of the forest. I want to come back and do the full loop.

Great trail. Pretty rocky in parts (like the name applies) make sure you stop at each numbered marker and take in the view. The overlook and caves were awesome to see. It's well marked with orange blazes. If you continue through the loop onto the yellow blazed trail, you can get to the reservoir.

hiking
10 months ago

I found this trail to be more easy than moderate, especially if approached from the south. The springs and rhododendron groves at the southern part of the trail were gorgeous. Most of the loop section is somewhat boring. While not listed on this site, there is a short trail that follows the shore of the reservoir which is beautiful and fairly easy.

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome hike! Uphill but not overwhelming. The view and the rocks at the top are worth the trek. Trail is well marked and we followed the blue trail the whole way.

hiking
10 months ago

Very uphill hike but the view is worth it! make sure pack water and good shoes, enjoy!

hiking
10 months ago

Nice little well marked Trail.

hiking
11 months ago

This is a great hike with a view that is amazing! Plenty of trails you can venture off on to get the blood pumping. I will definitely be back in the fall to see the trees at their peak.

Loved the view from the trail and meeting people who are walking the while Appalachian trail.

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

great view and a nice trail. I came from the direction of the Fire Tower switching between the fire road and the AT. Did not see anyone until we reached the overlook

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Great trail and the view at the overlook is totally worth the hike. Our pups enjoyed it just as much as we did! We want to come back during the fall to take in the view while the leaves are changing!

We also met a couple of thru-hikers at the top of the lookout! Shout out to Hiker Joy and her husband who were on day 109 of their journey!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

I prefer to start near tumbling run but this was a good route to get to the climbing rocks

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Really nice trail. No parts were too difficult. The view from the peak is amazing! - special note, the south entrance into the park is closed. You are going to want to use the north entrance into the part.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Lovely trail. There were some road closures so we accessed from Swift Run Road and passed the Hermitage cabin. We went up and down the blue trail but would like to try round trip next time.
Gorgeous views.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Pink flowers everywhere were gorgeous! The overlook shows a view of the lake, but you can't see much else. If you take a right at the starting fork, the climb is a monster.

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