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Chimney Top Trail #235

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 4.4 (22) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An easy walk to one of the best views in the area.


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Map Key

0.6

Miles

1.0

KM

Out and Back

1,189' 362 m

High

1,131' 345 m

Low

58' 18 m

Up

58' 18 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly An easy, short trail with some awesome reward.

Overview

This is a short, easy walk to a stunning view. The trail ends atop a sandstone pillar with a commanding view of the Red River Gorge and surrounding valleys. From here, one can see multiple sandstone cliffs and outcroppings. This is not to be missed!

Need to Know

This is a very popular area, expect a crowd.

Description

Turn off on the gravel access road and drive to the end. From the parking lot follow the well-marked trail to the west. The parking area is well-maintained with picnic areas and latrines. The trail is off to the west and well-marked. Due to the popularity of this overlook, the trail is actually paved. The walk itself is as easy as a city sidewalk and may be accessible to wheelchairs.

The view at the end is amazing! The valley is laid out before you on three sides as you stand on top of a sandstone pillar. The pillar is fenced off and there are several places to sit and enjoy the view.

Upon your return, be sure to check out the Princess Arch Trail to the east.

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Shared By:

Mike Embry

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  4.4 from 22 votes

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  4.4 from 22 votes
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View of Chimney Top overlook from across the valley
Jul 14, 2015 near Frenchburg, KY
Chimney Top, seen from the valley
May 29, 2015 near Frenchburg, KY
View from the overlook at Chimney Top Rock
Jul 14, 2015 near Frenchburg, KY

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Jun 17, 2021
Jack Lichwa
Jun 17, 2021
Mychajlo Johnson
Simple trail with a fantastic view! 1.2mi — 1h 00m
Oct 22, 2020
Chris W
Oct 13, 2020
Dustin Boicourt
Oct 5, 2020
Justin Cooper
Awesome view. Short hike on paved trail.
Jul 23, 2020
Rebecca C
Jul 2, 2020
Evan Kufeldt Ferrell
Jul 12, 2019
Cassie Tuholski