Chimney Tops Trail [CLOSED]

HARD 416 reviews

Chimney Tops Trail [CLOSED] is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1456 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

closed

no dogs

This trail is closed until further notice. Chimney Tops trail starts behind the Visitor Center. The trail starts as an immediate 45 degree switchback and continues like that for about a mile to the first ridge. The terrain is not traveled frequently which adds both a sense of adventure and caution to the hike. The Chimney Tops Trail is one of the most popular hikes along Newfound Gap Road. The trail owes much of its popularity to its relatively short length, and its outstanding panoramic views from the pinnacles. Its length, less than 2 miles, however, makes for a very steep hike - so much so that many hikers don't even reach the top. The first half of the trail is relatively tame. However, to reach the summit, hikers have to climb more than 960 feet over the course of the last mile! This is similar to the rate of elevation gain youll find on some of the 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado.

hiking
7 days ago

Was one of the signature hikes in the Smokies and for good reason. Only reason it isn't five stars is because the majority of the trail is all incline with no views and decent scenery; however, the top of the trail was a ton of fun especially if you decided to venture out onto some of the rocky outcroppings.

hiking
19 days ago

My favorite trail so far! So glad I had the opportunity to climb it.

hiking
21 days ago

My favorite trail in college. After the fire, they say it might never open again

hiking
21 days ago

My favorite trail in college. After the fire, they say it might never open again

21 days ago

My favorite trail in college. After the fire, they say it might never open again

hiking
21 days ago

My favorite trail in college. After the fire, they say it might never open again

21 days ago

My favorite trail in college. After the fire, they say it might never open again

21 days ago

My favorite trail in college. After the fire, they say it might never open again

30 days ago

avoid during the day!! rocks get hot!!! beautiful views and well worth it.

1 month ago

The trail is still closed as of last week. Based upon the damage we could see from the road, it's going to be quite some time before it's reopened. This was a beautiful hike. You worked for the reward of the stunning view at the top and it was challenging. Even if you're not in tip top shape, if you bring enough water (more than just a bottle), and you take your time, you'll make it.

1 month ago

lots of stairs to climb but view is worth the effort

hiking
1 month ago

Best hike I've ever been on. Hopefully it won't be too long before it is reopened.

1 month ago

If you like a little scramble with your hike, this one has a great payoff in the end! Loved it.

1 month ago

This was my first big challenge in hiking I loved every minute of it!! My heart was broken when It caught on fire

1 month ago

I just wanted to point out that this trail is closed so that it can regrow from the wild fire that was started on this trail

hiking
1 month ago

I did this hike back in 2015, and just now adding it now...I'm sad to see this is closed because it is hands down the best hike I have EVER done! I went in September so it was chilly, there were beautiful colors on the trees, relaxing streams of water, and a great rock climb at the end. I am no professional hiker/climber, but the climb up at the end was EASY for me while still giving me a rush! I did this hike with a couple of my friends and we had a blast! I can't believe it's rated hard, but since I was with friends and we enjoyed it so much I guess that's why.

1 month ago

One of my favorite trails!! Very strenuous!

1 month ago

I heard it is wonderful but we could t access it today. They made it abundantly clear that the trail was closed, including barricading off the parking areas.

1 month ago

Amazing views!

rock climbing
1 month ago

Such a beautiful trail in the whole smoky mountain ranges. The happiness you get after hiking all the way and rock climbing in the end is priceless. I loved it! Felt sad after hearing about the wildfire.