Popular Hiking Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains Reopens for Winter

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Smoky Mountains covered in snow in the winterKnown for having outstanding views, the Chimney Tops hiking trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a favorite for many visitors. The trail has been closed due to a reconstruction project to correct the erosion problem and rockslides. The trail was difficult for hikers to navigate safely. The Trails Forever crew has worked hard to prepare the trail for safe hikes. Luckily, for visitors to the Smoky Mountains, the trail will remain open through early spring 2014!

There is always a possibility that hiking trails will close due to ice or snow, which can make for dangerous hiking conditions, and the Chimney Tops Trail is no exception.

The Chimney Tops trailhead can be found on Newfound Gap Road. The hike is considered strenuous due to the steep elevation. The hike is approximately 4 miles out and back, so visitors should expect to spend approximately 4 hours on the trail.

According to many hikers, the strenuous two mile hike to the top is worth it! From the top, the views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are phenomenal.

When you are making plans to hike this trail in the winter months, make sure to dress warmly, and take a look at our tips for hiking the Smokies in colder weather.

While you’re trying to decide which hiking trail in the Great Smoky Mountains is best for you or your family, take a look at Visit My Smokies’ Great Smoky Mountains National Park page.

For up to date information regarding road or trail closures in the Smoky Mountains, you can check out Visit My Smokies’ Facebook page.


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