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Hard, but sooooo worth the effort!!!

We were blissfully unaware of just how challenging this trail would be! Bring water...at least one bottle per person--many people used the hiking/trekking poles & I have to say... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Hazel Green
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were blissfully unaware of just how challenging this trail would be! Bring water...at least one bottle per person--many people used the hiking/trekking poles & I have to say that the poles would have been great, especially on the way down--a little hard on the knees.... The rock scaling is both scary & exciting, but if you can't make yourself... More 

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was my first time to sit on the edge of a high cliff. The breath-taking view on the top is definitely worth the trail journey which includes a rock climbing at the end. The rock climbing itself is also a great fun, and the trail has moderate difficulty.

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Thank zhangchi314
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's one of the easier day hikes. It's slicker than anything in the morning dew and the only place in the park I've ever seen a rattler. But, it's my favorite hike. My daughter and wife stay down at the river to read (because that's one of their favorite things), and I hike up. Be prepared to go early to... More 

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Thank Byron G
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So this is the 2nd more strenuous trail of our vacation- the first being Alum Cave Bluff. This is a shorter hike but mostly on an incline. Today, I felt better hiking up and took enough brief rest stops. The trails start off wider and get narrower as you go higher. Very few muddy sections, mostly clear trails. There are... More 

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Thank Patricia V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We made this trek with a 4 year old in tow. He handled it like a champ. Few tips--if hiking in summer, when you think you have enough water, pack some more! The humidity is a beast. A few energy snacks are not a bad idea either. The heat/humidity will really take a toll. However, the payoff of the view... More 

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The hike to chimney tops is considered strenuous. The 1st mile you gain a lot of altitude but the 2nd mile isn't that bad. The view from the top makes it all worthwhile however many people do not go to the very top because you must climb a short section at the end to reach the pinnacle. This is one... More 

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Cleveland Heights, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This trail needs great health to walk. There are a lot of steps to climb. However, the scene during hiking is good. Finally there is reward when you reach the top.

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Freeport, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hike is somewhat deceptive as the distance is not great but you spend almost the entire hike up going uphill and it can be tiring. Also, there are not many places to stop for good views along the way but once you make it to the top it really is an amazing place to see. The views are fantastic... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

I loved this hike. It's uphill, and very steep. 4 miles roundtrip. But the path is beautiful, views are great, and the top is amazing. Once the trail ends and you reach the rocky peak, you don't necessarily have to make it to the very top to see amazing views. If you love hiking and don't mind elevation, I recommend... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

This hike is not for everyone. It is rather challenging but well worth it. The views are incredible, even if you do not go all the way to the top. It is very crowded, so I would recommend a time when fewer people would be there. Be aware of the temperature change with elevation change

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