Chestnut Top Trail to Whiteoak Sink

MODERATE 22 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
2148 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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15 days ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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.

5 months ago

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Beautiful

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Monday, April 11, 2016

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Saturday, April 02, 2016

Pretty trail, wild flowers were just beginning to bloom. Bat Cave and waterfall were blocked off by park

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Nice easy hike. Went too early for wildflower a but was just doing a warm up hike to loosen up for my 20 mile hikes.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Great trail with beautiful views on the ridge at the top. Hiked in mid-August.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Did this one on Memorial Day weekend to avoid the crowds at the more popular trails. The Mountain Laurel was in bloom and the hike was very pretty. Only ran into one bear. The hike offers up some good views , but most people stop after about a mile and a half once they get past the large mountain laurel population. The climb at the beginning wasn't bad and once you're up on top of the ridge, it is a nice wide dirt path with your normal up and downs and very easy.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

We only did Chestnut as we had been to White Oak Sinks the day before. We started at Townsend and hiked the 4.3 miles to School House Gap trail. It was mostly uphill for the first few miles. We saw a few turkeys and a large Rat Snake. There were a lot of blueberries not far from the start of the trail and we saw more in several other spots. We rested a bit at School House Gap trail and then started back. The hike was much quicker heading back with much of it being downhill. After the hike we cooled off in the stream. It was a nice ending to a great day.

Eric and Karen

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

My hike to White Oak Sinks was from School House Gap trail off of Laurel Creek road and then back to the same parking area for a distance of 4 miles total . Good hike for the wild flowers as well as to see a truly beautiful area deep inside the mountains. The waterfall was beautiful today since it has been raining but most of the flowers were not out, will be back.