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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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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14 reviews 14 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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84 reviews 84 reviews
32 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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
7 helpful votes 7 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
15 helpful votes 15 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
29 reviews 29 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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Knoxville
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a steep two mile climb with beautiful scenery all along. At the top it levels off a bit to allow you to gain a second wind before a challenging scramble to the top. Most people stop at the first top and don't climb out to the furthest away. This requires a bit more scrambling and isn't for everyone,... More

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Cincinnati OH
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This was not as easy as I thought it would be and a bit dangerous at the top but was well worth it. over 1400 foot vertical in two miles. Make sure you take some water. We were up and back in 3 hours.

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Orlando, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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