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An amazing hike to great heights

4.6 mile hike, rated moderately strenuous. We took it slow due to injuries, but it took a mixed group of people about 3.5 hours. It begins relatively flat and crosses several... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

4.6 mile hike, rated moderately strenuous. We took it slow due to injuries, but it took a mixed group of people about 3.5 hours. It begins relatively flat and crosses several rivers via bridges- it is all quite beautiful. It then gets steeper with a combination of stairs and steep, rocky ascents. It is tiring, but nothing too extraordinary. It... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The trail has been re-done. It's very nice. The key here is that the trail doesn't actually go all the way to the very top. You have to do some rock climbing at the end to get to the top, and depending on the weather, it can be a bit slick. But if you're willing to make the effort, the... More 

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Arlington, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing hike. Go early both to enjoy the best of the weather and to avoid other hikers. Currently, Chimney Tops is under renovation which means that anyone wishing to go to the top has to scramble. Many people do it; most are not prepared. We went just before 8am and were the first people to the top... More 

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Warren, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Ok, I am not a hiker. I am in shape (well mostly) and can run 5ks and such. This is a fun trail. It's steep, lots of stepping for about 2 miles up. The trail gains 1500 ft or so so be ready to work out. It has been redone since 2012 and is in very good shape. You can... More 

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Hopkinton, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

My wife, college-age son, and I climbed Chimney Tops on August 16. It was a Sunday, and the park was very busy that day, including the Chimney Tops Trail. We had to park on the side of the road a couple hundred yards up from the trailhead. But it was a great hike nonetheless. Most of the 4-mile (round trip)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Worth a quick stop on your way to higher elevations. Lots of little parking lots to pull over as you drive along the main road. There is some type of insect infestation, so get some good shots in before more trees succumb the insects.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Chimney Tops is not for the weak of heart but WOW is it worth the trek. Take your time, packs some snacks and plenty water,and you will get to truly experience hiking in the Smoky's on a well travelled path. The view at the top is wonderful. Take your time, take a walking stick (yes they do help) and go... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

If you only do one hike in the Smoky's this is it. Get there early to avoid lots of people and to get the limited parking spots Hiking poles are very helpful and a must if you have weak knees. there are lots of stairs and it's a 1400 ft elevation gain to 4700 Ft summit. That's a quick ascent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I never realized how out of shape I am until this trail kicked my butt. I had to frequently stop for water and I had the worst back sweat of my life but I forgot how tired I was when I reached the beginning of the summit. My husband and I were going to chicken out because it looked pretty... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Most of its like walking on a stair climber machine for a super long time. The last part is climbing up rocks. Fantastic view at the end, pretty streams at the beginning.

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