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Chimney Tops

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Type: Geologic Formations, Hiking Trails
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Augusta, Georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Went out today while it was raining all day. It took us 2:30 hours to reach the summit (totally me as the kids were racing up). Very rough hike when wet. We climbed about half way up the rock face and that was enough for the kids. The view was worth every drop of sweat, every doubt I was going... More

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Huntsville
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67 reviews 67 reviews
26 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This may be a short hike, but it's definitely a rugged and steep hike. We were there last Tuesday, trail was wet and muddy. This trail has had a lot of rehabilitation over the past few summers and although it's 100% better, it's still a treacherous hike, even more so when wet. On our way up the trail we found... More

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Granger, Indiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I appreciate that the park provided some good steps for some of the steep climbs. The view is amazing. But it is very strenuous. If you're not a hiker or in shape, this is not for you. You've got to be in shape. It took about an hour and a half. Definitely worth the climb, and the rivers are amazing.

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Farmer City, Illinois
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This is one of the most intense trails in the Smokies IMHO. But when you climb the final rock segment and get the 360 views that you get..its all worth it. This trail is not for the faint of heart..as you gain quite a bit of altitude in a short time.

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West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I did not even think that I could make it, I was ready to turn around. This hike was very steep and the whole way is uphill BUT it was fun in the end and I'm glad that I did it because the views we're amazing. At the end of he hike there is a inclined rock that you have... More

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

2 adults + 2 miles of trail = 4 hours of rugged uphill exercise. Spring snow melts make this trail muddy, ice packed, even icy. Have boots, cleats or ski poles? Bring 'em! But what a rush to reach the top! Fair warning: most families with children turned back early.

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

The trail up is very steep and at the end it's like climbing a rocky crag. Again, go EARLY as parking spot are gone by 9am. The rocky crag is the best part! Take a lunch and eat at the top. If you go really early, you can enjoy the top to yourselves. One of my favorite hikes!

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Big Rapids, Michigan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

The hike is not an easy one. To reach the top, you must rock climb. It is so worth it. I was very nervous but sucked it up and went for it. I'm so glad I did. It's a different feeling up there. A different perspective on life. Amazing.

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Kentucky
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I always doubt and wonder if I've bit off more than I can chew, but my husband always encourages and motivates me. Loves the feeling of accomplishment and another awesome experience we shared. God is good ALL the time.

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Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
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92 reviews 92 reviews
55 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Great hike. The first half of the hike consisted mostly of trees, trees and mostly trees. However, the whole hike is worth it if only you reach the top! My friends and I went in October and the colors of the autumn leaves made it all the more beautiful. We hesitated in our decision of whether or not we would... More

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