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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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Baltimore
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

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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Green Oak Township
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We hiked the Chimney Tops trail in the Smoky Mountains National Park and it took us 3 hours at a steady pace with brief rests along the way. I would recommend wearing hiking boots as there are areas where the leaves are slick from moisture. We did not climb the very last section to the summit as it appeared more... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

A redone trail complete with what I like to term a "grand staircase". Stairs so long that you can't see the end of them since they go up the hill and around the corner at one point. I had taken this hike 8 years previous before the trail updates (stairs). It is about 3.5 miles round trip and except for... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Trail maps regard this as a moderate hike. It is quite strenuous mainly due to the flights of stairs. Be in reasonable physical condition before you attempt this. Uphill for the majority of the hike to the rock climb at the end. Many flights of stairs - which can be a bit slippy with mud particularly on the way down.... More

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chattanooga tn
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36 reviews 36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

It's hard work to get to the top but worth it if you are prepared to scramble the rocks. While we didn't make the very top we got to the view! The reward for the hard work. Wear good hiking shoes. I generally hike with poles and had them along but thought they were not helpful as most of the... More

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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93 reviews 93 reviews
34 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a must do hike in the smokies! But it is difficult and most trail maps rate it as moderate! What gets me is, reading all these reviews and looking at the pics people are going up the final part of the climb the hard way! I have down this hike about 30 times (I live nearby) so trust... More

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Newburgh, Indiana
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Only open certain days so be sure and check before you go as they are trying to rehabilitate the trail.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This hike did not disappoint. A steady climb practically the entire way, that ends with a scramble across exposed jagged rock at the summit revealing classic Smoky magnificence. The trail attracted just about every type of hiker you can imagine from the enthusiast carrying rock climbing shoes, to grandparents with small kids in tow. Some made the final ascent, others... More

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

A must see! Beautiful, peaceful and relaxing. Picnic area with public restrooms. Mountain stream and waterfalls.

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