Chestnut Top Trail to Whiteoak Sink

MODERATE 31 reviews

Chestnut Top Trail to Whiteoak Sink is a 10.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Townsend, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
10.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1945 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Annual wild flower pilgrimage with views of Thunderhead and a hidden waterfall. This is a great trail year round but it's most popular in the early spring for wild flowers. The Chestnut Top Trail is marked and ascends to Schoolhouse Gap Trail.

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2 days ago

A great winter hiking option if Cades Cove loop is closed due to ice/snow; the trailhead is right inside the Townsend entrance and accessible even if most other park roads are closed. The lack of foliage in the winter means you get peeks of pretty mountain views through the branches most of the way, and a more moderate climb makes this hike easily doable in snow. If it is icy I might consider bringing microspikes, but with just an inch of snow I was able to do this with just trekking poles and no additional traction. While this hike isn't anything extremely spectacular compared to many other hikes in the Smokeys, I'm glad I was able to enjoy the snowy forest even with the road closures and would definitely recommend as a snow-route.

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Beautiful time of year with wild flowers beginning to bud and flower. Whiteoak sink area will be in full bloom in a week or two. The trail is a nice wide soft path with occasional views of the mountains this time if year as the trees have not leafed out yet. Also the water fall was not open. Best flowers were on the trail across from the Townsend Wye.

11 months ago

Monday, September 12, 2016

This trail lacks on the beautiful views .. You literally are just walking through the forest the whole time.. Bat cave was blocked off this would of maybe made this hike worth it.. Let's just say I wouldn't do this hike again

Monday, September 12, 2016

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Beautiful

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Monday, April 11, 2016