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Chimneys Picnic Area

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Address: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Great picnic spot

We stopped here to enjoy lunch last fall while on vacation. We love to hike the smokies and this spot has alot to explore. There are plenty of picnic tables and also a decent... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Kristen S
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Scottsburg, Indiana

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Scottsburg, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stopped here to enjoy lunch last fall while on vacation. We love to hike the smokies and this spot has alot to explore. There are plenty of picnic tables and also a decent bathroom. Be sure to check out the creek when your done eating and as always clean up and carry out your trash!!

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Due to the Chimney Tops fire that burned some 11,000 acres in November 2016 (as well as destroying more than 2,000 buildings and killed 14 in the Gatlinburg area), Chimneys Picnic Area will remain closed "for a long time," according to some Park rangers. The fire here was so intense it changed the composition of the soil, and a team... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best picnic area on the Tennessee side of the Smokies....nice stream that runs to the left of the picnic area...but be aware this has always been one of the areas most frequented by black bears. only about fifteen to twenty minutes outside of Gatlinburg.

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

This area is by far one of if not the best picnic area in the park. It appears the wild fires stole some if not all it's beauty. No way to know until it is opened back up. For now, it is closed until further notice. :(

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Thank judy177
Sevierville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We picnic here frequently (but only in the "off" season as spots can be hard to come by "in season") and my grandson loves it but it appears it has been at least partially destroyed by the recent wildfires. It and the Trailhead up the road are closed until further notice.

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Livingston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

I have been coming here for over 30 years. We absolutely love this picnic area. We always have breakfast here, cooked on our Coleman stove. I hope that it survived the fires, but I'm afraid it may not have. I hope this beautiful piece of God's earth was not destroyed. If anyone knows, please share it. God bless the Smokies!

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

If you're looking for a place to have a picnic this is it. There's also a trail head leaving out of the area and many people stop and play in The water or just take in the scenery. you have access to picnic tables grills and bathrooms. As a general rule you can find a picnic table without much of... More 

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Columbus, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

You can't beat this spot for picnicking! A rocky creek that's not only beautiful, but fun to climb and explore. Outdoor grills are available and there are restrooms, these aren't great, but it's a state park bathroom so it's what you would expect. The real attraction is the beauty around you, an awesome area to just take a break or... More 

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Cleveland Heights, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

We accidentally went there. Fortunately, the view there is awesome. There are a lot of tables to have meals.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Never been here before but saw this place while riding in the park so we decided to come back for a picnic. The view is so nice and peaceful . There is a creek which runs beside the area but since it was so dry there was hardly any water in it but it was still a beautiful spot in... More 

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