Chimney Tops Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

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Chimney Tops Trail is a hiking trail in Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is two miles long and begins at 3,439 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,743 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
Distance: mi Elevation: ft
Chimney Tops Trail is a hiking trail in Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is two miles long and begins at 3,439 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,743 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Road Prong Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Distance: 2.0
Elevation Gain: 1,743 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 3,439 feet
Top Elevation: 4,687 feet
Additional Use: Hiking
Features: Wildflowers, Views
Driving Directions: Directions to Chimney Tops Trail
Parks: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 3392/4687 ft
Elevation Start/End: 3439/3439 ft

Chimney Tops Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This hike offers cascading streams, wildflowers, scenic forest views, rugged rock outcrops, and unparalleled vistas. Access to the trailhead is easy, and the hike is relatively
short. What it doesn’t offer, though, is solitude. You’re going to have company, so prepare your mind for it.

Begin from the main parking area at the sign and descend to the bridge over Walker Camp Prong. Cascades, pools, and huge boulders (many good for sunning) make this spot extremely popular. Look downstream to see the confluence with Road Prong. You’ll cross that stream very shortly. Where the two creeks join, the waterway becomes West Prong Little Pigeon River. After the first crossing of Road Prong, the trail swings around to the left."

"This is one of the Smokies’ true peak experiences. Great views and exhilarating exposure are both found at the top of this rocky summit. There’s also a side trip on the Road Prong Trail that follows the remnants of the park’s oldest Native American trail and first transmountain road as it rises toward the peaks.

This popular trail launches a wide and graded trail down to a
bridge over Walker Camp Prong. It’s uphill from there, and not far beyond you’ll cross another bridge, this time over Road Prong. Together, these streams scour the valley below as the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River."

Recent Trail Reviews

2/24/2018
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The day we went there was a lot of foot traffic making the trail a little congested from people coming up and down. Throughout the duration of the excursion hikers come across lush green vegetation, along rapid filled streams. Hikers will experience a significant increase in elevation half way to the top. Due to the recent fire, most of the area is closed including the area before approaching the Chimney Tops. There is a very rude volunteer park ranger threatening 6 months in jail and $5000 plus dollar fines. The park constructed a makeshift outlook area that will have to substitute until the area returns to safety.


8/23/2014
0

love it real step trail it was closed most of my vacation.last day it opened up I wasn't leaving till I hiked it, worth the wait beautiful view from the top take the extra time and hike to both tops you wont regret it


2/20/2012
0

for the first mile trail is well maintained and an easy hike. beautiful streams. Last half was muddy and eroded due to recent heavy rains. At summit, trail is closed due to restoration. must climb rocks. View is worth it.


10/18/2010
1

The trail was in very good condition. As for the difficulty of the trail, it was almost continuously uphill. If you plan to reach to top, make sure you do not go when it has rained as. The final ascent is by climbing up rock, which is not hard in itself, but will be impossible when the rocks are wet. Make sure you bring a first aid kit for anyone planning to do extensive climbing on the rocks.


9/10/2009
0

One tough trail, uphill all the way. Rocky at times. Worth it though, it rained before that day, rock was wet and slippery.



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