Chimney Tops Trail [CLOSED]

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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.

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5 days ago

Great trail, did this before the fires

8 days ago

So is this trail open just not the elevator?

16 days ago

29 days ago

Elevator is not working due to recent wild fires, however the stairs is the way to go if able for a real feeling of accomplishment!

1 month ago

1 month ago

AWESOME HIKE!! It's such a trek to get to the top but so worth the breathtaking and rewarding view! 10/10 recommended

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Could anyone tell me if this trail is still closed?

Thanks!

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2 months ago

It is a beast getting to the tops, but it is totally worth it.

2 months ago

yeah it's closed :(

2 months ago

Trail is closed until further notice due to the wildfires that occurred last November.

2 months ago

It took me and my boyfriend about an hour to get up to the top. But the view was well worth it! There's a lot of places to stop and sit along the way. While it took us an hour to get to the top, it took us about 20 to get back down. It is steep! We ran most of the way down. **note we went before the wildfires.

2 months ago

Amazing. The end of the trail is rewarding but the climb to the summit is where it's at.