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
1456 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

no dogs

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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1 day ago

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

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2 days ago

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

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11 days ago

5 star hike before the fires. Will go back once the overlook is built

12 days ago

We went up in the morning in dense fog (in January) and watched it lower as we got to the top. Unreal experience and view to watch that happen! I am 6’3” and in good shape, but the last 100-200 vertical feet were intense. Not for the faint of heart.

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15 days ago

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16 days ago

So glad I had the opportunity to climb the summit with my boys the year before the fire. Absolutely incredible.

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16 days ago

The trail was re-opened today. They built a new platform so you can view Chimney Top but the trail to the very top is still closed off.

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20 days ago

Great hike but CLOSED INDEFINITELY due to the fire of 2016. Keep it on your list of must-dos!

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28 days ago

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1 month ago

View at the top is amazing! Its pretty strenuous because of the quick elevation but its a great hike and definitely do the rock climb at the very top. Start in the early morning so you avoid the large crowd of people that will be hiking it and will be able to get a decent parking space. I can imagine it would be a great spot for sunrise.