Chimney Tops Hiking Trail In The Smokies
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Chimney Tops Hiking Trail In The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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 Trail 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.

Chimney Tops Trailhead In The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

New trail sign.

Chimney Tops Hiking Trail In The Smokies

The first set of many steps along the trail.

Hiking At The Chimney Tops Trail in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

My sister-in-law Staci and Kyle hiking up some more steps.

Chimney Tops Hiking Trail Sign

This sign is about halfway up the trail.

View Of The Chimney Tops Rock Pinnacles

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.)

Trail Closed Chimney Tops Hiking Trail

This is what you will see if you continue to hike past the new overlook area.

View At The Chimney Tops Hiking Trail Overlook

View from the new overlook.

Chimney Tops Hiking Trail New Overlook

This is what the new overlook area looks like. Just some basic steps to sit on and enjoy the views.

The Chimney Tops Hiking Trail The Smokies Hiking

Hiking back down is a LOT easier.

Views From The Chimney Tops Hiking Trail Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Pretty view at the end of the trail.

Overview

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.)┬áThe Chimney Tops Hiking Trail can get pretty crowded, so I recommend to hike this trail early.

Chimney Tops Hiking Trail - The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Hannah

Hannah Bubp lives in Knoxville, TN with her husband, Kyle, and two dogs. They will be welcoming a new addition to the family, a baby girl, this October. She is a professional photographer who spends her free time writing, hiking, cooking, and exploring beautiful East Tennessee and beyond.

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