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Chimney Tops

Address: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
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Type: Geologic Formations, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
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Farmington, Missouri
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

First time to the Smoky Mtn and we really didn't plan much so we started driving, and stumbled upon this lookout. We stayed for approx 15-20 mins in just this one spot taking pictures and looking at the natural beauty of the area. This is a must stop if you are in the park

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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217 reviews 217 reviews
61 attraction reviews
343 helpful votes 343 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This is not a typical day hike. It is quite a journey uphill and once you arrive at the top, there is another difficult climb up a steep rocky incline to the highest peak. One the main trail up, there are stone steps part of the way. We happened upon snow, which we weren't expecting. This made it a very... More 

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Jackson, Ohio
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101 reviews 101 reviews
50 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This is a strenous 4 mile hike. It is not for the average hiker or small chidren. The first mile is easy (similar to Clingmans Dome hike) The last mile to the top is straight up with lots and lots of steps. The first mile follows the beautiful stream. We started our hike with some colored leaves still on the... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This was our favorite trail and we did about 3 or 4 of them. It isn't so bad the first part of the trail but the second half does get increasingly hard. If you are even somewhat active though it's an easy walk up and down. At the end there is a cliff where you can climb at your own... More 

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Howell, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

My husband and I visited the Great Smoky Mountains with the sole purpose of hiking, so this trail was a must do for us and it did not disappoint. The trail is not that long (although I do recommend breaking off onto Prong Road trail to see the waterfalls that are just a little out of the way) but it... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Didn't make the hike up the trail but did stop at the overlook on the way to Clingman's Dome. It was really neat to see the Chimney Tops and to learn more about them. Great panoramic shots from the overlook as well.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 via mobile

I enjoyed hiking on this trail with friends in late October. We were lucky to have perfect weather. The trail is a little less than 2 miles long if I remember correctly, however, it is demanding in that the elevation goes up from 2400 to 3800 ft towards the end. The unique part is the end of the trail: the... More 

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Make sure you wear Hiking boots, and the rocks are not scary as they look like It feels great when you are on the top, you can climb up the rock from the front and get off from the side of it. In the first half of the trail(one round 2 miles), it was ok, and it gets steep and... More 

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Baltimore
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I do a lot of hiking, and this was the most insane steep trail I've ever hiked! Make sure you check closures because the trail was closed Monday-Thursday for maintenance and the hike closes in the winter. The trailhead is right off of Newfound Gap Road and there is parking available. We got there early (730 am) to make sure... More 

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Jenison, Michigan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We decided to do this hike on our first day of vacation because it would be closed the remainder of the week. I'm proud to boast that our family completed the hike (2 adults, 2 kids - ages 10 & 7) but man were we sore afterwards! Beautiful scenery and making it to the top was worth it, but even... More 

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