Chimney Tops TrailDifficult

Chimney Tops Trail

Distance (One Way)

2.0 miles

Elevation Gain

1,400 feet


Newfound Gap Rd.


Gatlinburg, TN

Trail Description

The Chimney Tops Trail is only an eighth of a mile long, but to reach it you must reach its intersection with Road Prong Trail. The easiest and most popular route is from Newfound Gap Road at the Road Prong trailhead. Hike this trail for 0.9 miles to reach Chimney Tops Trail. Using this route out and back makes the roundtrip journey 3.4 miles long.

Located about 7 miles past the Sugarlands Visitor Center on Newfound Gap Road, this hike is a very popular one in the Smokies. Two rock spires, 4,755 feet in elevation, await those who manage the strenuous path to the top.

Please note that this trail is slippery in the spring due to its rocky nature and the creek that crosses it. Wear proper shoes and also remember to keep children close by.

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Chimney Tops Trail Elevation Profile

Chimney Tops Trail Elevation Profile Tom Dunigan's Elevation Profiles

Trail Difficulty Scales Explained

Elevation Grade


Very Steep

Paul Petzoldt Scale






Shenandoah Scale






Hiker Tips & Trivia

  • To reach the trailhead, drive 6.7 miles south from Sugarlands Visitor Center on Newfound Gap Rd. or 22 miles north from Oconaluftee Visitor Center.

Trail Map

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