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Chimneys Picnic Area

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Family Tradition

My family has been visiting the Chimneys Picnic area for decades now. It has become sort of a... read more

Reviewed July 21, 2018

We happened to stop here because we saw a sign while looking for a place to eat our picnic lunch... read more

Reviewed July 20, 2018
Ashley P
Shelbyville, Indiana
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“nice table”(3 reviews)
“huge boulders”(4 reviews)
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Reviewed July 21, 2018

My family has been visiting the Chimneys Picnic area for decades now. It has become sort of a family tradition. I went with my Mom and Grandma as a kid. Then I started taking my husband. Now we take our own kids. We stop at...More

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Reviewed July 20, 2018 via mobile

We happened to stop here because we saw a sign while looking for a place to eat our picnic lunch. This is a very nice picnic area set up similar to a campground where you can pull your car in to your own area with...More

1  Thank Ashley P
Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here for a picnic! The kids played in the river and loved it! It was a very pretty. peaceful and fun place to spend the afternoon!! Highly recommend!!

1  Thank Shanon D
Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

Easiest way to find this place is to look it up on google maps and get directions from there, or to follow directions from the National park’s website (look it up under picnic areas). In the summer it starts getting busy around lunchtime, so if...More

2  Thank DRroadrunner
Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

I heard that this was a neat place to bring the kids. It was stunning!! We arrived early...around 930am and were the second family to arrive. There are a ton of picnic tables and a restroom. My teens LOVED climbing on the rocks. Be sure...More

1  Thank mtt1220
Reviewed July 6, 2018

We were on a day trip to Clingmans dome and we had planned to stop here for a picnic, but due to storms and heavy rain in the area that morning the picnic area was closed on our way up the mountain, however on the...More

Thank lovesmygirls
Reviewed July 5, 2018

We were delighted to find this picnic area in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park! The views were beautiful and the sounds of the rushing river were refreshing. It was also a treat to enjoy flush toilets and running water after hiking most of the...More

1  Thank Wendy V
Reviewed June 26, 2018

We stopped here to have lunch, and it was very nice. Cool, shady and quiet. We didn't see any wildlife, but there were a bunch of people around.

Thank Bob67215
Reviewed June 19, 2018

Great spot for a picnic. Easy to get to and close to downtown Gatlinburg. Plenty of spots to picnic down by the water.

Thank Brian D
Reviewed June 18, 2018

This place is beautiful complete with lots of sites near an iconic Smoky Mountain stream! I really recommend you check it out!

Thank JosephMcGhee
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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.