Chimney Tops Trail

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Chimney Tops Trail 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
1371 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

no dogs

This trail sets off from the rear of the Visitor Center. Due to the spectacular views and short length, this is one of the more popular hikes on Newfound Gap Road, but that doesn't mean it isn't steep! Pace yourself, as the second mile is steeper than the first with almost 1000 feet of elevation gain in the last mile alone. After a 2016 fire, this trail re-opened in September of 2017 thanks to the hard work of local firefighters and trail crews. The hiking trail now goes to a new observation point with a rebuilt platform that makes for a great picnic area.

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We witnessed SO many people unprepared to hike this trail. It's a hard trail! Stairs forever. Bring water and wear good shoes. The view is nice up top where they've built the temporary summit.

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my legs will be feeling the results of that elevation gain tomorrow! just bummed that the chimney tops pinnacles is still closed off from the 2016 fire damage. should it ever re-open, i will definitely come back.

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This is a very strenuous hike. However is well worth it and doable if you take your time and set your rhythm. The top of the chimney is ver steep and sharp.

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Many fond memories from hiking as a kid, and I still love it. Strenuous hike with breathtaking summit.

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Trail is currently 1.75 miles. Last part is closed off due to fire damage.

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