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Chimney Tops

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Hiking Trails
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Orlando, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Wow this was quite a trail! With an almost constant, steep, incline this trail gains about 1400 feet in elevation in about 2 miles. It includes over 434 steps (my kids counted them). It crosses the creek several times which provides nice photo ops. I would consider this a moderate to strenuous hike due to the almost constant incline. The... More

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a good place to hike...walk strol and go back to nature.. There are many spots like this one..that is why millions visit the park each year

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Canmer
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Just remember the hike is not a race to get there as fast as one can but rather take your time and enjoy the journey. The view is spectacular especially later in the evening when the sky has purple tint. However, plan enough time to return down the trail with enough daylight.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

VERY steep mile-long hike (older visitors might have trouble going up...even the younger (under 5yo) children might struggle going up. But, the rock climbing area for kids near the base/parking lot is fun for children of all ages!

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Abingdon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

My husband and I did this hike as part of an overnight getaway and let me say this was our favorite part! The trail is well cut out and although there are some steep points it's nothing too hard. Make sure you take some water and plan to take your time because the view along the way is great but... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The Chimney tops is a 2 mile hike to the top. The trail is well maintained and at least the first half is gravel with no roots to maneuver and there are steps in the steepest parts. That being said it is not an easy hike. It is straight up and there are no twists and turns to catch your... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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86 reviews 86 reviews
17 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Our first trip to these magnificent mountains won't be our last! My wife and I went on the last week of May. The weather was superb and the mountains were cool. On higher elevations we caught a few spray showers but wore only minutes short lived. First rule in these mountains we quickly learned is just pace yourself and carry... More

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Cincinnati ohio
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

you can grill there and listen to the creek.. watch out for bears they have signs about feeding bears which is wrong

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dc
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

A must see while you visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Plan your trip wisely, the trail is closed Monday - Thursday from now (May) through October for trail restorations. We arrived in the Smokies on Wednesday, saw the signs that Chimney Tops was closed at the time, and didn't think anything of it. Luckily, we read a review about... More

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Cincinnati
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Beautiful, somewhat challenging hike! Awesome views. Make sure you climb up the rocks at the very top!

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