Chimney Tops Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Climb to the top of Chimney Tops Trail to enjoy the sweeping views of Mount LeConte and the park's most recognizable twin rock pinnacles. This fairly strenuous hike owes its popularity to outstanding panoramic views and its short length--the hike is less than 6.4 km (4 mi) round trip. The first half of the trail is easy to tackle; just follow the cascading waters of a creek crossing several footbridges. The last stretch of the trail is quite a workout, climbing roughly 293 m (960 ft) over 367 stone steps. An observation deck, situated just below the summit, was constructed after the 2016 wildfire. The trail is especially beautiful in the spring and early summer, when rhododendron and other wildflowers bloom along its sides. Work out when and for how long to visit Chimney Tops Trail and other Great Smoky Mountains National Park attractions using our handy Great Smoky Mountains National Park itinerary builder app.
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  • In my younger days, I hiked the entire trail numerous times. (It is challenging.) Now that I am a senior citizen, I am still drawn to hike just the beginning of the trail. I cross the first 2... 
    In my younger days, I hiked the entire trail numerous times. (It is challenging.) Now that I am a senior citizen, I am still drawn to hike just the beginning of the trail. I cross the first 2...  more »
  • Challenging! Views at creeks are breathtaking. Temperature drop as you leave road is noticeable. The trip past that is all uphill. Lots of steps. Wet in places so in winter I’d imagine icy. It’s... 
    Challenging! Views at creeks are breathtaking. Temperature drop as you leave road is noticeable. The trip past that is all uphill. Lots of steps. Wet in places so in winter I’d imagine icy. It’s...  more »
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  • Wow!! Absolutely a beautiful hike. A must visit for the nature/hiking lover. The only tip I have is to make sure your phone is charged, you have water, and wear appropriate clothing/shoes. I would not recommend bringing any food here because I'm nearly positive there are bears. After you finish the hike here and head back to your car, make sure you keep driving up the mountain for more great views.

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