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Chimney Tops Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from March until November.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 1,358 ft Route type Out & Back

Backpacking

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

Scramble

No dogs

Description
Waypoints (1)
Getting There

Note: Users have reported that the last portion of the trail is closed due to fire damage. For more information, please see https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/operating-dates.htm 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.

The trailhead for Chimney Tops is located roughly 6.9 miles south of the Sugarlands Visitor Center (between the lower tunnel and "the loop" on Newfound Gap Road).

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Reviews (1941)
Photos (2002)
Recordings (1134)
Completed (4443)
John Ristenbatt
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Good trail not for beginners. not really hard. But long and uphill and lot's of steps.

Sylvester Zak
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Hiking

Very disappointed the trail is closed towards the end you can’t hike all the way to the top.

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Stephen Cousins
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Mountain biking

Awesome trail and went to the summit. Overgrown but worth it

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Steven Tate
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HikingGreat!

Had so much fun!! Last 1/4 mile is closed off but you can proceed easily just respect the environment. By the time you get to the top, you might as well go the extra .25 to get the money shot. Don’t let people morally shame you into not going as the trail is more than solidified for the average thrill seeker.

Andy Lemon
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Hiking

Best view from any hike.

Matthew Menendez-Aponte
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Hiking
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Jackie Lynn
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We did everything this trail had to offer and more. Challenging and well worth it. We came almost uncomfortably close to a mama bear and 2 Cubs that crossed the trail in front of us as we came around a corner. On the way back at the trail marker there is a second trail that is rocky and narrow but leads to a small waterfall after about a half a mile (I'm just guessing). We spent at least another hour wading in the water by the falls, which is quite cold and clean enough to drink.

Adrea Green
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HikingGreat!

We were a little concerned, but decided to take our 9 and 6 year old children. So glad we did! It’s kind of steep at times, but they handled it like troopers. I feel the trail is very safe. I wasn’t concerned about them slipping and falling down the mountainside like I have been on other trails. Great family hike!

Susan Butler
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HikingGreat!

Unbelievably beautiful and peaceful ascent through lush woods paralleling a rushing stream much of the way. Lots and lots and lots of steps (which I prefer to hills!) but not for everybody I suppose. Started up the trail about 7:30 AM and reached the overlook by 9 AM as the morning sun was burning through the morning clouds. Gorgeous! Saw a few people returning from the “closed” area and hesitantly, (but not regrettably) followed their lead and took a peek. The area is closed for safety issues due to a couple large fallen trees blocking the trail. Hopefully they will open the area soon as it offers the most stunning morning views. This trail was tied for first place with Alum to mount Le Conte!!

SARAH YAUSSI
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HikingMuddy

Nice walk in the woods. Definitely a climb on the way out. Lovely rushing streams near the bottom. Top of the trail was still closed, but still worth the hike.

Eric Reeves
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Hiking

First hike for my wife and I here, this hike reminded me how out of shape we are. Glad we did it, but it is physically hard as billed.

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Stephen Collins
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HikingGreat!

Excellent workout with a nice pay-off at the top. Yes, it’s steep, with nearly 400 stairs, but even if you’re not in the greatest shape, if you go slow you can make it! Also, please respect the land by not ignoring the closed trail sign at the end! The flora is still healing after the fires of 2016. I know many say “well everyone else is doing it,” but as your grandmother used to say, “if your friends told you you jump off a bridge, would you?” Seriously, it’s an incredibly selfish act and it really bothers me to see so many hikers here bragging about it. If you love the outdoors, respect the outdoors.

Kayley Adams
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HikingRocky

Consistent steep ascent. Mostly rocky steps with some gravel/dirt paths. Culminates into an incredibly stunning but somewhat small overlook due to the closure of the last 0.25 mile of the trail. Not very crowded. Went around 2PM. Parking available but definitely not empty. Overall, view is SO worth it.

Audrey Sanders
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Hiking

We hiked early morning, around 7:30 at the top saw mama bear and a cub. The best part of the trail is closed but the view is still worth the climb. Lots of stairs, if you want a glute & calf workout, look no further!

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Judy Lynn
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Hiking

My legs were burning but I made it and loved it! In the way down we went up Road Prong Trail to find Trickle Falls. It was really overgrown with two trees down. We were able to make it through okay but there was really no good way to get down for a good view of the falls.

stacy Robinson
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have hiked this trail twice now I never go past the part that's closed. a good challenging hike with LOTS OF MAN MADE STAIRS makes for a great work out but the view is worth it. I have a complete love hate relationship with this trail but I dont let it stop me. great place to cool off when you are done and its hot outside. the view at the top is breath taking just take your time as its a good incline going up! let me add our 10 year old has done this trail twice also and rocks it better than I do. guess lots of sports keeps it easy for him!

Jason Duncan
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HikingMuddyScramble

Was a great hike with awesome views, too bad the rock scramble was closed

Matt Marcotte
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HikingClosedMuddyRocky

It’s probably known to others but the last half mile is closed off because of fires years ago. Good and tough hike. Fellow hiker saw mama bear and cubs on the trail. Definitely slowed down the pace. When the coast was somewhat clear we passed. All in all a great sweat even though it was 60 degrees and felt great lol. #thisguytravels

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Maria Prather
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Hiking

Great hike! An early start is recommended as the parking areas fill fast. Take rain gear as the weather is very unpredictable. It’s been awhile since we’ve done this hike, but it’s still beautiful. Hate that you can’t reach the pinnacle, but I’m not sure if we could have made the climb up the rock face. A great first hike after many years.

George Magrey
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Hiking

Nice hike. It was a steep incline at times but nothing that can’t be handled. I would recommend an early start as we got the last parking spot at 8 am.

J Hammer
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HikingClosed

This was a great hike, lots of steep incline and great views along the way. The only downside was that the very end of the trail is now closed due to the fires and there is the new Landing. The viewing area is a little bit small and doesn't leave a lot of room for multiple hikers and social distancing. Overall great hike.

Korinna D
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It was a beautiful hike, kids had a hard time but enjoyed it in the end

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Rachel L.
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Hiking

Lots of stairs. Great views at the top! Last quarter mile closed.

Rich Alster
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Hiking

Loved this one. Started around 6pm and had no crowd. Just a few passers by. It was a relentless climb but rewarded with beautiful streams and flowers along the way and great views at the top. Saw family of bears along the way as well, minding their own business.

Jake Barnett
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Great!RockyScramble
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