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Chimneys Picnic Area

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Beautiful place for a picnic and exploring!

Our family stops here every time we visit Gatlinburg. The water is beautiful and the picnic areas... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
hcazzell74
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Bedford, Indiana
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One of the nicest picnic areas we've experienced with a short hike from the parking lot

We've ridden by this area for nearly 47 years without stopping; so glad we stopped this time. The... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Perky51
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Madison GA
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family stops here every time we visit Gatlinburg. The water is beautiful and the picnic areas are wonderful. Each picnic spot has a parking spot, a table, and grill area. The kids love to explore the grounds and play in the water. Simply a...More

Thank hcazzell74
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've ridden by this area for nearly 47 years without stopping; so glad we stopped this time. The picnic area has more individual sites & restroom opportunities than any other we've seen. A creek runs beside it and there is a moderate .75 mile hike...More

Thank Perky51
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Love, love, love the creekside picnic spots. So relaxing and peaceful. Pack a lunch, then walk down to the creek and listen to the water rushing over the huge rocks. Nice to cool off in the warmer months. Also restrooms, which is very nice.

Thank Crystal D
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Good spot for taking a break from hiking and picnic some lunch before heading off to the next challenge. The facilities are adequate for stopping for an hour or so but it can get crowded, especially with bikers.

Thank PfeiffersOnTheGo
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Drove up there this afternoon for lunch and the gate is closed again. Not sure why. Will try again tomorrow as this is one of the if not the best picnic areas anywhere, The stream is incredible.

Thank Bob Z
Reviewed 26 April 2017

I'm very glad this area is fully reopened. It's a great place to have a picnic or just sit and enjoy the river. Very scenic and fun to visit. There are bathrooms also. Unfortunately, the views of the ridgetop is black and depressing due to...More

Thank Sharon K
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

We took advantage of the beautiful weather and packed a picnic for dinner. The mountain stream is beautiful, and this is a great location for family photographs! Plenty of tables to choose from and the location is always clean!

Thank OnTheRoadAgain23
Reviewed 18 April 2017

This picnic area is completely opened now and fully thriving after the fires. The water was flowing Sunday and it was full again with people. There are lots of places to pull in by the water and bbq pits and picnic tables. Great spot to...More

Thank SmurfySmurfette80
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Going to the chimneys picnic area has a lot of memories for me. This is where I used to go as a child with my parents in the 70s and 80s. Try to get a spot next to the river, relax and enjoy your day.

Thank Ed K
Reviewed 2 April 2017

The Chimneys Picnic Area is open and was thriving in late March. It wasn't full like I have seen it in the summer, but a couple dozen people besides us were there enjoying the view out over the park and down toward Sugarlands and Gatlinburg....More

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kychristi
I wanted to check and see if they rebuilt the bathroom facilities at Chimney Rock Picnic Area yet if they burned down at all.
22 May 2017|
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Response from Gary M | Reviewed this property |
Chimney Rock and the Chimneys are 2 completely different places. The Chimneys Picnic Area is in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Chimney Rock is in North Carolina over 100 miles away. The Chimneys Picnic Area has... More
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bridgetcliburn
Is Chimney tops back open?
16 May 2017|
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Response from Gary M | Reviewed this property |
No. Closed indefinitely.
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ldmathis
Brief history of The Chimneys especially how it got its name, The Chimneys
1 May 2017|
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Response from Gary M | Reviewed this property |
Why don't you "Google" that?
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