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Chimney Tops Trail

Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738 USA

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“hike along Newfound Gap Road”

The Chimney Tops Trail is one of the most popular hikes along Newfound Gap Road. The trail owes much of its popularity to its relatively short length, and its outstanding panoramic views from the pinnacles. Its length, less than 2 miles, however, makes for a very steep hike - so much so that many hikers don't even reach the top. The first half of the trail is relatively tame. However, to reach the summit, hikers have to climb more than 960 feet over the course of the last mile! This is similar to the rate of elevation gain you’ll find on some of the 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado. 

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George Murray

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May 03, 2015
Rated 4.0

The trail is a short but strenuous climb. The beginning crosses some very nice creeks. Half way through the hike begins to get much more strenuous up to the rocky part. Once at the top, there's a rocky climbing/scrambling part to the overlook. I recommend wearing grippy shoes if you plan on doing the last part. All together I recommend it as a quick, moderately difficult hike with some cool scenery and lookouts.

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April 22, 2016
Rated 4.0

It's a very tiring climb. Not everyone makes it to the very top!

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Chimney Tops Trail

Gatlinburg, Tennessee
37738 USA

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