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Address: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

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Great walk with little ones

We did this hike with our 3 and 5 year olds. They walked the majority of the time but there are 600 or so flight of steps. Took us about 2 hours to get to the top. Once we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We did this hike with our 3 and 5 year olds. They walked the majority of the time but there are 600 or so flight of steps. Took us about 2 hours to get to the top. Once we reached the top the wife and kids stayed behind while I climbed the rocks for a better view. I would not... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

It's only a 2.5 mile trail but very intense from the very beginning because it's very steep. The last part of trail is on the rock where there're many people. I tried my best to keep distance from other people in case they fell on me. I was so surprised to see a father climbed with 2 young kids. It... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is a fairly easy trail up until the very end (very steep, but where you get the best views!) Can do as a half day trip. Plan for 3 hours as you may want to hang out at the top of the trail for a little while and enjoy the view.

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South Bend, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Don't miss this opportunity with kids! Go early right when park opens to avoid crowds. Take the elevator up and down to Chimney Rock and save your legs to walk to the waterfall. Must do!

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Lima, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

My visit date was well before 2014 and the trail did not have the improvements it does now. I believe we hiked this in 1993 with no water, 2 little kids and tennis shoes, one of the first hikes we took. We learned after that what to wear and bring!!!

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We hiked for 4 days and this was one of our favorite hikes - you are walking along the the creek for most of the hike. Lots of stairs and pretty steep but the trail is pretty smooth (no rocks or roots to maneuver around except at the end. The climb up was fun and there is an alternate way... More 

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

So many things to say about this. A must for anyone who is a hiker or loves the outdoors. Not for the inexperienced or unprepared-get the right gear or you will be very sad.

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orlando
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Needed something to excite my bored, jaded teenage boys. They loved it. They basically sprinted up it and ran down. They LOVED the challenge of the peak and finally were awestruck. However, my husband and I just about died on this trail! Think stairs and steep slopes! Husband and I did the math; Chimney tops = 20 lighthouses. Really! If... More 

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

New stone steps took the adventure out of the trail. More accessible and the peak is over crowded later in the day. To me the park ruined the trail! Parking is very, very limited, go very early!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I have to say that this was the most challenging hike I've done so far. It was 2.1 miles long, but full of Ice and Mud. It was a slippery slide uphill and then a good challenge to come down. It was tiring but doable. The views are amazing and definitely worth it. Just make sure you have water and... More 

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