Chimney Tops Trail
Chimney Tops Trail is very popular among hikers due to the rugged nature of a portion of the hike. Rising at just over 4,800 feet, Chimney Tops is not the tallest mountain in the park, but is one of the more challenging hikes.
The trailhead can be accessed on US 441 (Newfound Gap Road) with these coordinates: 35.63538, -83.46979.
It is 2.0 miles to the top. The first mile features relatively flat terrain and is an easy hike. However, the last mile becomes much more steep.
The last portion of the trail consists of several tree roots and rocks that must be climbed over to reach the higher capstone. The lower capstone (seen at right) can be reached by unmaintained spurs from the main hiking trail.
Significant maintenance of the main trail was being done in 2013 including replacing a large bridge that was washed out back in the February 2013. You can see the completed Chimney Tops trail bridge construction here.
Maintenance of the trail continues with some daily closures. Please check out our Alerts box on the homepage for the latest.