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Address: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Steep workout with fun climbing at the end

Most of the hike is pretty steep with a lot of stairs, moderate fitness required. At the end the climbing part should only be done if comfortable with heights. There is danger... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Philippe G

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Most of the hike is pretty steep with a lot of stairs, moderate fitness required. At the end the climbing part should only be done if comfortable with heights. There is danger that should not be ignored, but if you’re ok with some scrambling (not real “climbing”), and have good balance, you're fine. Then once at the top, going to... More 

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The walk and the climb was pleasant with a fresh air and lot of steams flowing by on the way. The top looks challenging so make sure you take it slow to reach up and don't hurry up. We thought twice to go to the main summit but trust me it was worth the go. Make sure you carry plenty... More 

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

took away so much of the beauty here. So sad to see what carelessness did to this beautiful area. The trails & picnic areas are all closed until further notice due to the fire. In time, it will be opened again. However, the damage done will remain for sometime :(

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We love this hike as we were married at the first bridge on this trail in Oct. 2004. Sadly this trail is closed until further notice due to Extensive damage from the wild fires in Nov. From what I understand the entire trail suffered serious damage and all the bridges were destroyed. Will take a very long time to rehab... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

We were blissfully unaware of just how challenging this trail would be! Bring water...at least one bottle per person--many people used the hiking/trekking poles & I have to say that the poles would have been great, especially on the way down--a little hard on the knees.... The rock scaling is both scary & exciting, but if you can't make yourself... More 

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

It was my first time to sit on the edge of a high cliff. The breath-taking view on the top is definitely worth the trail journey which includes a rock climbing at the end. The rock climbing itself is also a great fun, and the trail has moderate difficulty.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

It's one of the easier day hikes. It's slicker than anything in the morning dew and the only place in the park I've ever seen a rattler. But, it's my favorite hike. My daughter and wife stay down at the river to read (because that's one of their favorite things), and I hike up. Be prepared to go early to... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

So this is the 2nd more strenuous trail of our vacation- the first being Alum Cave Bluff. This is a shorter hike but mostly on an incline. Today, I felt better hiking up and took enough brief rest stops. The trails start off wider and get narrower as you go higher. Very few muddy sections, mostly clear trails. There are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

We made this trek with a 4 year old in tow. He handled it like a champ. Few tips--if hiking in summer, when you think you have enough water, pack some more! The humidity is a beast. A few energy snacks are not a bad idea either. The heat/humidity will really take a toll. However, the payoff of the view... More 

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

The hike to chimney tops is considered strenuous. The 1st mile you gain a lot of altitude but the 2nd mile isn't that bad. The view from the top makes it all worthwhile however many people do not go to the very top because you must climb a short section at the end to reach the pinnacle. This is one... More 

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