Chimneys Picnic Area, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

#12 of 37 in Parks in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Set in the wooded area alongside the Little Pigeon River, Chimneys Picnic Area is a great spot to pull in for a bite to eat in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The area boasts 68 picnic tables and grills placed on level pads, big enough to accommodate families and small groups of friends. The most popular pads are the decks overlooking the river. Each pad comes with its own parking spot, while the ones nearest to the restrooms remain reserved for people with mobility issues. Take a look at our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Chimneys Picnic Area and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This picnic area used to be a campground many years ago but was turned into a picnic area only and it is absolutely beautiful. The cold mountain stream that runs through the picnic grounds is a sure.....  more »
  • Be prepared for constant weather changes. Pack light and take plenty of water and snacks. Wear good hiking shoes and use trekking poles. Start earlier than you think you should and enjoy the best.....  more »
  • Super clean and well maintained. Having running water in the potties is an added bonus! It can get crowded on the weekends so parking can be an issue. Honestly though it's well worth it.
  • Perfect place for a picnic! The view is awesome. You can hang out on the rocks in the water. Take walks on trails. Tables available. Really a great place for photos!

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