The Chimney Tops Hiking Trail is one of the most popular trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is a great day hike, totaling 4 miles round trip. Those 4 miles are very strenuous, though. Even with the difficulty of this hike, I would still recommend it as one of the 7 Must Hike Trails In The Great Smoky Mountains.
Chimney Tops Hiking Trail
The Chimney Tops Hiking Trail is a great day hike. It used to be one of my favorite hikes in The Smokies. Unfortunately, it is where the wildfires started last fall, and the trail was closed for almost a year for repairs. The rock pinnacles at the end of the trail are still closed, but a new overlook was built that offers some nice mountain views. My favorite part of this hike was climbing to the top of the rock pinnacles, so I hope they are able to reopen that part of the trail in the future.
The trail starts off relatively easy, but becomes strenuous quickly. I forgot how many sets of steps there were to climb. I also hadn’t hiked since our American Southwest Road Trip in September, two months earlier, so I was a little out of shape for this hike.
This is probably the trail that I have hiked the most in The Smokies and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for an easy day hike.
New trail sign.
The first set of many steps along the trail.
My sister-in-law Staci and Kyle hiking up some more steps.
This sign is about halfway up the trail.
View of the Chimney Tops rock pinnacles from the new overlook area. (This is where you could climb at the end of the trail, but it is currently closed.)
This is what you will see if you continue to hike past the new overlook area.
View from the new overlook.
This is what the new overlook area looks like. Just some basic steps to sit on and enjoy the views.
Hiking back down is a LOT easier.
Pretty view at the end of the trail.
Although difficult, this is a great hike that I would recommend to hikers of any skill level. Remember to take your time. I had to stop a few times on this hike and I also hiked at a slower pace than usual. (Probably the reason I’m doing more cardio during my weekly workout routine now.) The Chimney Tops Hiking Trail can get pretty crowded, so I recommend to hike this trail early.