Chimney Tops Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

4.6
#5 of 18 in Trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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4.5
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  • The Chimney Tops trail is not for beginners. Its is a lot of stair climbing, but if you are not in a hurry and take your time, it is so worth the effort! A magnificent view awaits!  more »
  • Very nice cabin and great hikes. Stayed in Bear Hugs cabin. We also spent some time walking in town shopping and eating.  more »
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  • A well marked and kept trail, but despite the name’s implication, it does not get you to the Chimney Tops (though a sign at the trailhead warns of the closure). The elevation gain is slightly difficult (compounded by alternating steep trail, stone steps, and wood retention steps), the overlook at the end is worth the hike. Though the parking at the trailhead was packed, the hike was peaceful and the other hikers were spread out (some enjoying the water at the beginning, some resting at benches along the trail, and a bunch catching their breaths and enjoying the view at the overlook). Though there’s no scrambling or unimproved portions of the trail, it could be difficult for children or individuals with movement limitations to complete the hike.

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