Chimney Tops Trail in the Smokies – Sign up

Chimney Tops Trail
Chimney Tops Trail

Time to sign up for the next hike with Friends of the Smokies. We’ll be climbing the improved, refurbished Chimney Tops Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM) on Tuesday November 10.

Soak up vistas from one of the most unique peaks in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Chimney Tops, as well as one of the more unique gathering of historic structures, Elkmont, on the November Classic Hike of the Smokies. Hikers will enjoy the fruits of the Smokies Trails Forever program as they hike up the newly reconstructed trail.

The hike to Chimney Tops is four-miles roundtrip with a total elevation gain of 1,300 feet. Yes, even I’ll say this hike is strenuous. And if you decide to scramble up the rocks, it’s also challenging.

After hiking to Chimney Tops, you’ll have the option to drive further on to tour Elkmont, the historic Appalachian Club community where former vacation homes still stand today.

So what do you get on this hike that you can’t do yourself? Besides me, that is. Hah!

You’ll have the opportunity to hike alongside GRSM Trail Management Specialist, Tobias Miller, while he tells the story of rebuilding one of the most popular trails in the park. Tobias is my kind of rock star.

To sign up, contact Anna Lee at or 828-452-0720.

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