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Liz Geller reviewed Chimney Tops Trail
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Great!

Much easier than we thought based on the description. I would definitely call it moderate rather than difficult. The ascent is tiring but very reasonable to do. Took us an hour and 15 minutes up with 8 and 10-year-old children and an hour down.

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Hiking

Excellent hike. Can be very rocky at points. Do yourself a favor and continue to Jump Off Point. Amazing unobstructed views of everything.

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Brett Fleischman reviewed Rainbow Falls Trail
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Hiking

Nice shaded trail. Great scenery. Old growth trees. All uphill but nothing too steep. Very nice waterfall.

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Did this in two section hikes of 4 days each with my 3 hiking buddies. Went from Newfound Gap to Fontana SB in Spring 2019 (to avoid uphill from the dam). Hike began with snow and ice from Newfound through Clingman's Dome. Thereafter was a great trip. Even though we had shelter permits, all were full upon arrival and we tented for entire hike. Second section from Newfound to Davenport was completed in Fall 2019. Great hike great views. Hit a torrential rain on next to last day but otherwise wonderful weather. Used shelters for all overnights on this section. Entire experience was terrific.

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clyde messenger reviewed Chestnut Top Trail to Whiteoak Sink
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HikingGreat!
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Ryan Martindale reviewed Chimney Tops Trail
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HikingGreat!

Absolutely worth the 100s of stairs to climb. One of my favorite trails in this area.

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Daniel Brasuell reviewed Metcalf Bottoms Trail to Laurel Falls
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HikingGreat!

We hiked from the Laurel Falls trailhead to Metcalf Bottoms and added Walker Sisters. It was about 8 miles. Either end was busy, but between the Walker Sisters and the Falls, we saw more bears (4) than people! Overall it was a nice hike, no big views along the top, but it was a nice hike none-the-less. We had a second car there to “shuttle” ourselves from one end to other rather than hiking both ways.

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Scott Kerr reviewed West Prong Trail
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HikingGreat!

Fun hike. I took my 11 month old son in a backpack carrier on it. There are no bathrooms at the trailhead. The climb at the beginning is moderate for about 1.5 miles, then levels out, then back down to Campsite 18. There were two forks to the right, I have no idea where they go, From there, short moderate climb to Bote Mountain Trail. I didn’t see any old cemetery, but also didn’t explore Bote Mountain Trail. If you’re planning on similar, I would skip the last climb and just enjoy Campsite 18. It’s got a beautiful stream and is very relaxing. The trail from Campsite 18 is not marked, but almost straight ahead coming off the bridge over the stream. I’ll probably come back here for an overnight.

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Sam Runner reviewed Rainbow Falls Trail
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Hiking

Challenging yet rewarding!

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Mackenzie Lawrence reviewed Deep Creek Loop Trail
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Hiking

The waterfalls section was the only part I’d do again. The rest was just hiking to hike, not much to see

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Jeff Halstead reviewed Chimney Tops Trail
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Bike touring

Awesome Challenge

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Patricia Gerlach reviewed Rainbow Falls Trail
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Joe Tomczak reviewed Lower Mount Cammerer Trail
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Hiking

We ran out of time on our trip to do this whole hike, so we started near the halfway point close to Mt Collins Shelter and went 8 miles instead. It was a fun hike! Loved how dense the forest was in some parts of the trail and our significantly shortened route wasn’t very difficult at all. We really didn’t see many people until we got closer to Clingmans Dome, which was incredibly crowded. We took some quick pics and headed further to Mt Buckley. There were some overlooks on the way that I think had even better views than Clingmans and were not crowded. The only disappointment was that someone stole the high point marker years ago and it’s never replaced.

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Mike Krimm reviewed Chimney Tops Trail
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Hiking

Awesome hike. Very challenging but payoff at top is unreal! Stairs, stairs and more stairs

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Scott D reviewed Rainbow Falls Trail
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Hiking

Another nice hike in the GSM. A bit rocky and rooty, but a nice up. Couple smaller waterfalls on the way up, log bridge, small water crossings. Got in early and it was quiet and we got a spot in the trailhead lot, but coming down and driving out - it had gotten very busy. Well maintained trail. Saw a couple deer across and down the stream. Nice morning stretch of the legs.

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HikingGreat!

Very hard side of the smokies, did it in two days. Needless to say the second day was rough.

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HikingGreat!

The first two days Friday and Saturday it was cloudy, every now and then we would get a break in the clouds for a view. Sunday though our last day was great! Woke up to clear skies and a beautiful sun rise to end the hike. This hike finishes the smokies for me on the AT.

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Hiking

6 miles up. 6 miles down. 4150 feet of elevation gain. Decent workout. Enjoyed the beautiful ferns and mosses. Fire tower at the top had some great views. The hike back down is pretty stressful on the knees. Took about 4 hours 45 minutes with a nice rest at the fire tower.

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Chris MacNeal reviewed Rich Mountain Loop Trail
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HikingGreat!

We loved this trail. It was our first day in the Smokies this year, and did this loop for the first time. First 4 miles were up, we had sore calves after. But so pumped to set the stage for our week of hiking the Smokies with this one.

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saurabh joshi reviewed Chimney Tops Trail
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Rock climbingGreat!

Hard trail but totally worth it. Amazing fog at the top. We took total of 3.5 hrs for the hike. Climbing down is tough.

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HikingGreat!

Love this trail only saw about 9 other people. Get there early for a parking spot around 7 or 730. As always the falls did not disappoint. Not as much water as in the spring but definitely a good flow. Easy to cross over not running to swift today.

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