Chestnut Top Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee 37742

Elevation Gain3,576ft
Trailhead Elevation1,142ft
Elevation Min/Max1137/2632ft
Elevation Start/End1142/1142ft

Chestnut Top Trail

Chestnut Top Trail is a hiking trail in Blount County and Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 11.6 miles long and begins at 1,142 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,576 feet. The Chestnut Top Lead ridge, Chestnut Top Lead and Chestnut Top, and the Bryant Gap saddle can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Schoolhouse Gap Trail.

Chestnut Top Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The first 0.5 mile of Chestnut Top Trail provides possibly the finest spring wildflower show of any trail in the Smokies of comparable distance. Considering that the Smokies have perhaps the greatest flowering display in the country, that’s a bold statement.

Hike the trail in the middle of April and see for yourself. There are trilliums, waterleaf, violets, dwarf iris, spring beauty, squawroot, anemone, toothwort, bloodroot, jack-in-the-pulpit, hepatica, false Solomon’s seal, fire pink, cancer root, purple phacelia, wild ginger—and that’s just a warm-up! The flowering display continues somewhat throughout the spring and summer and even into autumn, but try to make this hike in April if possible."

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Trail Information

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Wear Cove USGS quad; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #316 Cades Cove Elkmont
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