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Distance

3.7 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty

Moderate

Δ Elevation (FT)

~1300 (+)

USGS Quad Map(s):  Great Smoky Mountain National Park Topo Map

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Chimney Tops Trail (GSMNP)

TennesseeNorth Carolina | Great Smoky Mountains

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Notes

Chimney Tops Trail is a moderate day hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that features some of the very best views in the park. This hike is a great way to enjoy incredible views of the park in a short distance. From the summit hikers are greeted with stunning panoramic views. Take note, this trail is kid friendly, but can also be dangerous as there are some drop-offs. Keep a close eye on the little ones. There is plenty of camping available in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

History

The Cherokee called Chimney Tops Duniskwalgunyi, or "forked antler", which is a reference to the mountains resemblance to deer antlers. The mountain is referenced in Cherokee tribal lore. The Road Prong Trail, which connects to Chimney Tops is an ancient trail in the smokies. This Cherokee path was commonly called Indian Gap Trail in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Contact: Great Smoky Mountains National Park 107 Park Headquarters Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738

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