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Address: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Strenuous but worth it!

An earlier review described the first half of the trail as flat. I don't know his or her definition of flat, but it isn't mine! However, the first half is much easier than the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Parrish, Florida
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Parrish, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

An earlier review described the first half of the trail as flat. I don't know his or her definition of flat, but it isn't mine! However, the first half is much easier than the second, which I basically describe as climbing stairs for a mile. But if you are in good enough shape, or simply pace yourself and allow for... More 

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Dunnellon, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I confess, we did not make it to the top- there is a warning sign at the trailhead about the rock climb at the top. We went to the half-way point, and it is all uphill! The roar of the river is the only sound you hear and the trail follows the river, crossing back and forth over it. Lots... More 

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Dothan, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The early hike itself was very good. However, about half way thru it started to drizzle. Even though the rain stopped very quickly, the clouds did not go away. When we arrived at the chimney tops all we saw was fog. Hence the name Smoky mountains.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We got a trial book (recommended) and read up on all the potential trials we wanted to go on prior to our trip. Chimney tops was the adventurous trial we chose. The trial truly is difficult to climb. My girlfriend's fitbit calculated over 150 flights of stairs, and 20,000 steps. Fitbits aren't the most accurate devices, but the magnitude is... More 

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Irwin, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This location, view and hike was amazing. Was heading south and decided to stop for a short hike. The first part of the hike is easy but the last mile is to say the least challenging, but well worth the destination. It will give your quads a work out.

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The view from Chimney Tops is definitely worth the hike. The hike is 3.8 miles round trip but it is steep and strenuous. My 12 year old and I had to stop several times to catch our breath and have water breaks. At the top, you can stop there or climb up the pinnacle for an even better view. I... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I went to this trail for the purpose of enjoying the view and the streams at the beginning. There are plenty or rocks for the kiddos to jump around and get their feet wet, you can also swim if you like. The family loved it, one day when they get older I will attempt to make it to the top.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I walked this trail in June in good weather.The first part of the trail is relatively easy, and then it gets steeper later on; but the views get better. The path is very good and are well maintained. At the very end of the path you have to do some rock climbing. Only do this if you are confident, as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

So my wife and I have done trail several times and it is our absolute favorite !! So it is a strenuous trail for the second mile up but we completed the 2 miles up in 35 mins and came down in 25 mins. We hustled :) we enjoy working out and we are in our mid 20's and we... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We hiked the Chimneys back in April. The 1st mile is not too bad at all however I can't say the same about the second mile. Its literally straight up hill with what seemed to be 1,000 steps. You MUST pace yourself because it is worth it when you get to the top. We were so tired trying to race... More 

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Address: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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