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Great hike! The loop is not quite as loop-like as I was hoping. But the overlook is beautiful! Would do again!

We took our dog from the visitors center up to the overlook. Its a beautiful walk about 9 miles round trip. Well marked with very clear paths. We went in March and I bet in warmer months it gets popular on weekends, so be prepared for crowds.

Nice scenic walk. Lots of people on nice weekend days...

2 days ago

Just climbed to the top yesterday (March 17) and it was wonderful! I'm from Michigan where our land is flat, so the sights here were absolutely breathtaking. Good winter hiking- it's not as humid in the mountains. This was an easy, well-maintained trail. View at the top is great and you can climb the rocky part of the Western peak without gear (though I wouldn't recommend it unless you have experience, as it is quite narrow and windy). 100% will return to climb the Eastern peak of the crag

7 days ago

Great trail with amazing views at the end!

Beautiful from start to finish and the park is always improving it. The views are something you'll wanna keep going back to see. The one and only downfall is it can get crowded sometimes so go on a work day and an odd time and you will get to enjoy it alot more

7 days ago

Great exercise and would only do this once only because you literally do a mountain of stairs only to end up in ruins and then u get to turn it around and walk all the back up a million flights of stairs. It was fun and a unique experience. But if you have dogs make sure they are capable of it bexause it's pretty intense. Hard is the perfect rating for this.

I would rank the view from Chimney Top the best in the state, hands down. The trail is difficult and you work for the reward, but man, is it one hell of a reward. The trail itself was steep in places, rocky in others, and steep and rocky in some places alltogether, but I would hike this 10 more times given the chance and I don't think I would tire of the view.

Beautiful very worth the short hike the end is beautiful

One of my favorites - Alligator rock is a guaranteed winner for kids

9 days ago

More moderate than easy, but worth it. Good for kids - not too long and good variety - stream, woods and rocks

9 days ago

Not for the faint of heart (seriously, you need to be in decent cardio shape and at least slightly athletic)! Very cool historical trail - the mining ruins are pretty awesome especially on an overcast day. Wear good shoes as the trail is steep and easy to roll ankles on. And bring plenty of water. You’ll burn some serious calories if you go to the river and back. Overall pretty fun and you’ll feel majorly accomplished at the end.

Great and hard hike. We hiked this today, and got to the main overlook in about an hour and 15 minutes. Note: the bulk of the length of this trail is in the woods. The bulk of the elevation, though, is once you hit the ridge with the overlooks. Don't let the elevation rate on that map fool you. It most certainly isn't that gradual.

That said, of all the hikes I've done, I think the view from this hike is the most varied and special. While the 360° view is not completely unobstructed, I personally believe it is much better than Old Rag.

its been redone recently. looks great

14 days ago

Went here twice in the last couple months. It’s a great trail even in the snow (I thought it actually added a beautiful charm). Worth driving out to. Beautiful view at the end with a nice flat overlook spot so we brought some sandwiches and had a picnic.

Great hike, can be challenging for a beginner but we still loved it and the views were absolutely incredible at the top. Kind of rocky in places so watch your step.

Hiked it last weekend great trail with a even better view at the end

rock climbing
17 days ago

A fun little hike, especially if you enjoy bouldering. The trail is pretty flat, but the “rock city” is enchanting and provides some fun climbing, so bring your shoes and a crash pad! We went in the late fall and saw only a few other hikers.

good easy walk awesome views

Amazing trail!!!

WAY too many people walk this trail now. Even in the winter.

Great view and hike. Can’t wait to go back when it’s not windy

21 days ago

I am not in great shape but I’m adventurous and young so I went for it. So I’m a super beginner and didn’t listen to others on how difficult this was. It was daylight when I started and then by the time I finished it was completely dark

Lots of uphill hiking! The views are spectacular and I loved the signs explaining the history of the area.

23 days ago

Great trail !! I did the trail in the fall !

Great trail

I've been using this hike to gauge my fitness. From the parking lot under the 340 bridge to the overlook, it took me 1:06..

1 month ago

Great hike with views all the way up and down. Good incline on way up. Somewhat rocky, nice hike with dogs

also saw a military plane/jet similar to an "osprey" fly perpendicular with the ridge line extremely low to the ground, wicked sight.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike that’s pretty easy!! Can get a little icy in the winter.

This trail is great! It’s well marked and a great workout. One of my favorites!

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