Chimney Rocks Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews

Chimney Rocks Trail is a 8.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lanceville, Tennessee that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.4 miles
2,129 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


trail running




over grown


7 months ago

Great views of the French Broad River & surrounding mtns. Would do this in fall and winter so you can enjoy the views. This trail is advertised as a bicycle trail also. I personally would avoid riding a bike down this trail. Seems dangerous for that. This app says 2.3 miles out & back. HOWEVER, it is 2.5 miles just to an intersecting trail...Paint Rock Trail. Thus, an out & back hike to that point is 5.0 miles. Not sure what the 2.2 mile reference is.

Friday, June 23, 2017

A little overgrown right now, though trail is still easy to follow. Nice overlooks.

Monday, October 03, 2016

This leads into another trail I believe and we were not sure how far it went but other than that we it was a nice trail

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Outstanding hike!

Sunday, July 03, 2016

We hiked this trail in late June at around noon. The wild blackberries that grow in thickets to the right hand side of the trail as you begin were just becoming ripe and we enjoyed a few before starting the journey. Just a hundred feet or so up the path we came upon some construction workers that were clearing an area which had become overgrown. We would quickly learn why... As soon as we passed the construction workers the clay path becomes a field of tall grass. The only way we were able to see which way the trail goes was by following the tall grass which had been matted down by 2 horse riders that had just passed through. The bugs were very thick and through this section in particular, and there were occasional thorns that would rip at our legs if we didn't see them first. After about 5 minutes of this we came to a tree that has fallen across the path. The clay path became visible again and we followed it up for a bit. The field now gives way to some fairly steep elevation change and a few switchbacks as we gained altitude. We again find more blackberry bushes and even some blueberry bushes. The blueberries were small, but very sweet and delicious. Another 20 minutes of hiking and we came to some of the scenic views. We were less than an hour out from where we started and could already see how far up we had climbed. The French Broad River was low from lack of rain the past few days, and we could see how many rocks and rapids there were in it. We enjoyed the views for a bit, took some water and beef jerky, and headed back down the trail because the day had become much hotter than the previous few days had been. I wouldn't mind coming back to complete the trail sometime, but we have definitely done some much better trails in the great smokey mountains.

Pros: Wild blueberries and blackberries ripe in mid june-early july
- Great views of the river below after just under an hour of hiking
- historic section of railroad passes through the area
- trail is off the beaten path so it is not very busy

Cons: Trail is overgrown in sections
- Trail does not appear to be maintained very well and has multiple fallen trees across the path

Monday, September 05, 2011

This trail has some great vistas overlooking the French Broad River. Trail distance is 3 miles each way.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Sunday, April 13, 2014