We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 309 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 255
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Breath Taking

After researching this hike on trip advisor I saw it had a 5 star average with hundreds of reviewers. After doing the hike I see why. It is a challenging hike but do able. There... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jerrodborder
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

309 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 304: English reviews
Level Contributor
49 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After researching this hike on trip advisor I saw it had a 5 star average with hundreds of reviewers. After doing the hike I see why. It is a challenging hike but do able. There are rivers, bridges and stairs along the way. The view from the top is absolutely amazing. Do the short climb to the top, it can... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Jerrodborder
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Rained lightly all the way up but no crowds. Super "smoky" fog the whole time especially when we got to the very top after the rock scramble. Only people up there with nothing but fog rolling over the mountain in front of us.

Helpful?
1 Thank Charles D
Cookeville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took off on this hike completely unprepared for the challenge of this trail! Myself, my husband and my 12 year old daughter had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, this trail is pretty intense because of the almost constant up hill. We are runners and in pretty good shape but this was for sure a challenge. So glad... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank lindseyreneeholland
St. Johns, Florida
Level Contributor
8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Chimney Tops trail has numerous opportunities to see small waterfalls, since you have access to the riverside you can get some great images. The trail is clearly marked.

Helpful?
1 Thank Dan V
Akron, Ohio
Level Contributor
126 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you have a sense of adventure then tackle this trail. Expect it to take a few hours and a lot of energy. Climb the rocks at the peak for the final thrill!

Helpful?
Thank Ken D
Mashpee, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
203 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A park ranger suggested this hike to us, and we are so glad we took the suggestion! When we arrived at the trail head around 9:30 AM, the parking lots were already full, so we had to park alongside the road. The first half of the hike is an easy slope through the forest, with a few sets of staircases.... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Ash B
Nicholasville, Kentucky
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have done this hike two times, you hit a point half way that you aren't sure if your going to make it. In the end it is absolutely worth it! Recommend going early in the morning or late at night "which Ive never done" but is busy during the day.

Helpful?
1 Thank Aubrey G
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

took 4 hours to get up to top and a definite work out. its pure up hill to the top. but worth it for the view when you get up there.

Helpful?
Thank Brennan D
Springfield, Tennessee
Level Contributor
752 reviews
499 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 596 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fortunately for older people like me who enjoy the beautiful outdoors as much as those much younger, there is no rule that says if you start a trail, you have to follow it all the way to the end. Many people probably pass up Chimney Tops because of all the comments about how strenuous it is. And the last part... More 

Helpful?
4 Thank Tennessee50plus
Level Contributor
220 reviews
116 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We almost drove right past this. Signage not as good as many other National Parks. Would have been nice to have little signs ahead to announce scenic overview. Anyway, glad we noticed it and stopped. Beautiful mountain views with all the greens and blues of the mountains in their full splendor.

Helpful?
Thank bcasey1

Travelers who viewed Chimney Tops also viewed

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
 
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
 

Been to Chimney Tops? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Chimney Tops and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Chimney Tops staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?