"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." Read more
"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." Read more
"Note: This hike was affected by the Chimney Tops 2 fire of November 2016. Please check nps.gov/grsm for the latest updates.
This busy and steep hike is nothing less than spectacular. Cross chilly mountain streams on a series of footbridges to ascend sharply amid some old trees. Emerge at the Smokies single most recognizable rock formation: the twin spires of the Chimney Tops, which provide a dramatic view of the surrounding landscape.
This hike is good year-round but is crowded during the warm-weather season. Try to go during off-times. In spring, fall, and winter you enjoy the best views. Avoid this hike during summer altogether unless you can hike at dawn or dusk." Read more