The trail to the Chimney Tops is decidedly one of the parks more strenuous routes. However, the views that reward the hiker are among some of the best in the park. Enjoy excellent views available from this trail, as well as abundant wildflowers, streams and large trees. Chimney Tops is one of the few instances of a bare rock summit in the Smokies.
Chimney Tops has an elevation of i4,800 feet, and the rocks that form the knife-edged "backbone" of the Chimney Tops are visible beneath lush vegetation. It is one of the park's most recognizable geological structures and a popular hiking destination.
The Road Prong Trail, following the stream of the same name at the base of Chimney Tops, is one of the oldest trails in the Smokies. In the 18th and 19th centuries, this ancient path was known commonly as Indian Gap Trail.
The most common route to the top of Chimney Tops is Chimney Tops Trail, accessible from Newfound Gap Road (US-441). The trailhead is clearly marked, and should not be confused with the Chimneys Campground, a few miles to the north. The trail ends at the foot of the south capstone (the higher of the two), and various unmaintained spurs cross over to the lower summit.
While no technical gear is needed, a short climb is necessary to reach the top of the capstones
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