Hike the Chimney Tops

Chimney Tops Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Mason Boring

Scramble to the top of the peak for great summit views on this short steep, but fun hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Chimney Top's Trail is one of the most visited trails in the Smokies, which is why I recommend going up just before sunset to beat the crowd!

During the summer and fall months, it's easy to see a hundred people taking in the view on the same trail, but if you scramble on out after hours, you can easily find yourself alone just in time to catch the sunset. Get to the trailhead and hour and a half or two hours before sunset to give yourself plenty of time to explore in the daylight.

Be very cautious on the out scramble. This isn't recommended for beginners. But if you do, you won't regret the solitude or the view.

Distance

3.8 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1487 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

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Beautiful Hike

This was a great hike that me and my dad did together. We passed over several waterfalls/rivers and climbed A LOT of stairs. The last trek of the trail that leads to the rock face is closed because of the fires. There are several trees that block that portion of the hike. But, there is a lookout of the "new" summit to sit and take in the beauty of the Smoky's.

My Favorite Trail.

Really steep. Lots of breaks. Huge pay off!

Re-opened!

We are planning to visit this weekend since they've reopened the trail as of the 06-Oct. http://www.hikinginthesmokys.com/chimney.htm It looks beautiful!

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