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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 23, 2020
Hiking

Awesome hike! The first half is a significant and steady climb up the fire road, eventually leveling off to a traditional single track running beside the ridge. The last aspect is a scramble over rock face. Highly recommend!!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarNovember 19, 2020
HikingGreat!

Gorgeous views. We went counter-clockwise. The coordinates aren’t where you want to park. Keep going. The dot isn’t where you want to park. Keep going maybe another 1/2 mile. There is marked trailhead parking right before some railroad tracks; the end of the gravel road. I mistakenly thought the highest point would be a good place to stop for lunch but no. There is a gorgeous view maybe 20 minutes before the highest point. It overlooks the river snaking. Its spectacular!! Only saw one other person on the trail (a mountain biker).

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Dawn Schauman reviewed Chimney Rocks via Lone Pine Gap
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarNovember 18, 2020

Would recommend hiking this trail when the leaves are down to enjoy the views. Download the map before hiking. Park in the parking spot and walk across the street. When you first start out take the trail straight, there is a side trail on the left marked with a blue blaze. You will be following the yellow blaze trail.. The next intersection you'll arrive at take the left fork. The following intersection joins 2 other trials. Again go left following the chimney rocks trail. Eventually you'll arrive at a beautiful overlook and the trail will start down to chimney rocks. If you follow the GPS in the app to get to chimney rocks you'll end up on the trail with nothing to view. Walk about 5 more minutes down the trail and when you arrive at a horseshoe turn walk to your left through the bushes. You'll notice a small sort of trail. It will take you to a rock outcropping which you can walk out to. Look to your left and you'll see chimney rocks. The outcropping has a great view of the river, weavers bend and the bridge. If you don't want to walk this far to chimney tops, the 1st overlook is a good turn around point.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 16, 2020
Walking

Extremely fun trail, especially the ridgeline.

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Jim Mcauliffe reviewed Chimney Rocks via Lone Pine Gap
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Hiking

Great

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 8, 2020
HikingGreat!

This trail is so underrated! We started at the parking lot before the train tracks, a little ways past the big chimney rock map. At around 2 miles we had an amazing view of the river and had about 1000ft in elevation. The rest of the hike was beautifully through the forest with trees rustling and every now and then a view of the river would peak through. The path wasn't rocky or rooty. We did a loop and got 6.5 miles and 1500ft elevation.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 31, 2020
Hiking

Great views! It’s worth the 3mile incline at the front end. We had problems finding the trailhead though. We copied coordinates into Waze and it took us to the fishing spot close by but about a mile too soon. This trailhead is just a little further than the weavers bend trailhead

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 31, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 22, 2020
Hiking

Im too hot and tired to leave a long review. Who knew it would be 80° in Oct? Anyhoo, since no 3.5 stars I gave 4 just because it is a different terrain than my usual mountain treks. We were prepared for the spider webs with a fantastic spidey stick however we did not know the trail was booby trapped. We took turns tripping over cleverly disguised sticks, stumps and rocks. The view of the river at the top was awesome as previously mentioned. It was definitely nice to finally be going downhill.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 21, 2020
HikingOver grown

This was my first time at this location. There are some great camping spots along the river. The road to the trail heads are windy and rough. I couldn't see the trail head post from the car, but we pulled into an open area near the river where teri other vehicles were sitting. The trail head post is about two to three hundred feet to the left on the other side of the road. The hike up was nice and challenging, although I could have done without the constant spider webs on my arms and face all the way up. I definitely would not want to do this climb on any day warmer than 60 degrees. The fall leaves looked amazing throughout.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 21, 2020
Hiking

10/21/20 - an absolute delight. I hope it remains as lightly trodden, though I fear it may not. The bend is beautiful.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 3, 2020
Hiking

Most certainly challenging, but I can’t express how worth it this trail was! Visiting Howard’s Rock was phenomenal and the 360 view of the mountains surrounding us? Amazing! We decided to come while Fall is just beginning and it wasn’t a disappointment. The trail itself is very well maintained. I would say at the first clearing, about 2-3 miles before Howard’s Rock is the most difficult with climbing. I would like to say the first half of the trail should be considered moderate and the second half as difficult, BUT it is absolutely doable AND so enjoyable. Definitely a great workout.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 3, 2020
HikingGreat!

Hiked the loop from Jones Meadows, Bad Weather Trail, and back on the Exposed Ridgeline Trail on the AT. Fall colors have started but need another week or two to peak.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 7, 2020
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Rosella McGilsky reviewed Chimney Rocks via Lone Pine Gap
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 6, 2020
Over grown

This was an odd trail and when I go back to the area I'll pick a different one. While it has some spectacular views, its overgrown and the destination to turn around is sorta silly. You need to really pay attention to the GPS to know where to "view" Chimney rock. All in all, I dont suggest this trail. There is also a part on the way back where 3 trails come together that you dont notice on the way out. Take the center trail.

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Rylee Hicks reviewed Chimney Rocks via Lone Pine Gap
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Over grown
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 4, 2020
BlowdownBugs

Very good workout! 3 miles up, up, and more up. Paint Mountian #7 and then #154 to Chimney Rocks. The view of the horseshoe bend in the Nolichucky with the majestic Pisgah Natioal forest in the background is absolutely breath taking. Well worth the grueling up hill climb. You will definitely want to go clockwise!! The trail is a little overgrown in spots and needs a little attention....we had to cross 9 downed trees! BUT....we did it and were rewarded with some blueberries, blackberries, and that awesome view. We plan to go back when it is cooler and maybe see some color on the leaves and get an even better view!! We clocked in a total of 7.21 miles on two different devices...just so you know!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 18, 2020
HikingBlowdownBugs

Exactly what we were looking for today! Minimal rain, minimally trafficked, and a good hard workout. We're staying near Grandfather Mountain in NC, but the forecast called for rain and thunderstorms all day, so we decided to out-drive the weather and head to TN. We had some light rain but is was overall much dryer than our "home base" so mission accomplished. This hike definitely met the "light traffic" description by the previous reviewer. We passed 2 other people on our entire time on the trail (plus 4 groups of people camping off the trail). We went clockwise, as recommended. The first approximately 2.5 miles was a more grueling uphill slog than expected...it just keeps going up, up, up for the 1500ft elevation gain, without any interesting lookouts or other stopping points (it is fully under the forest cover in June at least). We were sweating from the climb and also getting pretty wet from brushing up against leaves on either side of the trail, wet from previous rain. The trail could definitely use some more maintenance to cut back the (sometimes thorny) plants reaching across the path. (We also think we saw some poison ivy, and are hoping that neither we nor our dogs touched it.) The main impressive view is at the junction with #154A, Paint Rock Trail. You are overlooking a horseshoe bend in the French Broad River and can see for miles into North Carolina. We stopped there for a picnic (just sitting on the ground) before heading downhill. The later half of the trail featured a lot of impressive wildflowers, a bunch of downhill switchbacks, crossing through a beautiful meadow (where one of our dogs managed to pick up 2 ticks), then returning to the parking area via a gravel road with views of rock faces to the right (not visible in the main part of the hike) and the river on the left.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 13, 2020
Hiking

This is a great hike, with fantastic payoff for the steep ascent start. It bears mentioning that the trailhead has a nice picnic pavilion and privy. The ridge top section of Appalachian Trail is rugged and the views around Howard’s Rock are excellent. It is harder than most “moderate” 7 mile out and backs.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 12, 2020
HikingBlowdownFloodedRockyWashed out

Beautiful!! I finished on the Chimney Rocks trail and I loved the hike. There were tons of wildflowers, bugs, fungi and snails alike to see, I give thanks to the seclusion!! I saw three people , in one group, riding horses and that was it for the 6 hours I was gettin my hike on. And the view was ok I guess hehe (amazeballs) There were a couple of downed trees on my trip but they were easy to hop over while staying close to the trail.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 12, 2020
Backpacking

As noted in other reviews, the hike starts on a fire road, so the grade is steeper than you might find on a normal trail. The road is also mainly dirt and small rocks, and the climb on the road accounts for about 3/4 of the vertical climb of the hike. Once on the AT, the trail levels out, and eventually splits between the Exposed Ridgeline trail and the Bad Weather trail. The ridgeline is rocky and technical, although is not too challenging. Progress is slow along the ridgeline, but the view is well worth it, and is almost 360 degrees. Overall, it's a great but slightly challenging day hike, although we turned it into an overnight hike. We went about 3/4 of a mile past Big Firescald Knob to the intersection with the Jerry Miller Trail, and then went another 1/2 mile down to Baxter campsite. This seemed to be the nearest campsite without heading down the trail, as there's no clearings on the ridgeline. As a note, the last 2-3 miles of the road to the parking lot is dirt/gravel with some loose rocks, so try to take an SUV or truck if possible. We saw some cars in the parking lot, but I'd definitely feel better is a bigger vehicle.

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