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Chimneys Picnic Area #1, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN 37738
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

One of my favorite spots in the whole area. A perfect place to have lunch and then explore. It's absolutely gorgeous and has tons of rocks to climb on.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Brianav2626
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great place for a picnic and awesome views, get there early because it fills up fast. The creek that runs thru the park is refreshing especially during the hot months, it's as must stop the kids will love exploring.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank corpspower
Reviewed January 21, 2019

We took the loop trail which we would call moderate. Enjoyed seeing the charred trees and logs from the fire because there was also much new life showing that nature has a way of healing man made disasters. Glad there are such places to retreat...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank dwightlgoodman
Reviewed January 10, 2019

Chimneys Picnic area is a lovely area to picnic and explore. In the fall there's lovely colors and waterfalls. In the spring there's wildflowers. This is on my list of favorite places to stop in the fall and spring.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank photoguywisconsin
Reviewed November 6, 2018

We hiked the Chimney Top and stopped her on our way back to Pigeon Forge to eat lunch. Nice quiet picnic area

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Lori P
Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

We have visited this place several times. It is actually my 11 year old grandson’s favorite thing to do! And it’s FREE! There are plenty of picnic tables and pull offs. There are huge rocks to climb on and a gentle stream, where the kids...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank pamky53
Reviewed October 2, 2018

another jewel in the crown of the smokey mountains. great place to kick back, relax and enjoy nature.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank martyclarkgetfit
Reviewed September 26, 2018

We enjoy stopping here and having a little picnic when we come to the Smokies. This time we got fried chicken and tater wedges at the FoodTown in Pigeon Forge and brought it here to eat. Nice place for kids to play in the shallow...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ma0471
Reviewed August 27, 2018

My family has been visiting this picnic area once a summer for over 30 years. It provides great picnic tables with a grill. The parks service is constantly maintaining the facilities to make sure that the area is clean and accessible. Take a dip in...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Jerry T
Reviewed August 27, 2018

The Chimneys Picnic Area is not just a great place to ewat while surrounded while the beauty of nature. It also offers adventure with a river running along one side and their are many geeat photo opportunities.

Date of experience: July 2018
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July 18, 2018|
Response from onego2001 | Reviewed this property |
Elevation: Around 2800'. Just a few miles from downtown Gatlinburg.
May 23, 2018|
Response from H_Winchester1219 | Reviewed this property |
Hey Annsims; I'd say roughly 25 miles or so but the speed limit is lower so it may take 45 mins or more to get there. Totally worth it though!
May 2, 2018|
Response from Janet W |
the Chimneys Picnic area is open now.