Chimneys Picnic Area, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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#11 of 25 in Parks in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Chimneys Picnic Area is located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A visit to Chimneys Picnic Area represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Great Smoky Mountains National Park tour planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Brought a picnic lunch after after walking Laurel Falls. Picnic tables a charcoal BBQ. Parking by your table.  more »
  • Grab a table on the river side. Climb down in to the river bed and explore. Stunning area for a picnic. The kids & grandkids will love climbing, walking & jumping over rocks and boulders. Always clean...  more »
  • Beautiful scenery for a picnic in the Smoky Mountains. Wonderful place for kids to cool off in the creek on a hot day. Bathrooms are available. Parking can be limited at times.  more »
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  • Excellent picnic area for wading in the stream. A short nature hike leaves the parking area as well. Flush toilets and sinks at the wash rooms with soap.
  • Awesome picnic spot. The parking is basically one or two cars per table. The spot are limited but worth it if one is available. The stream is so close and really amazing! There are pit toilets and grill boxes at each site.
  • One of the best places to stop and have a picnic in the Smokies. It can get crowded, but there are plenty of tables. It has handicapped accessible spots and bathroom facilities on site.
  • This was a gem. Even with all of the people about, it was still quiet and serene. The view of the river and its subsequent access was impressive.
  • So beautiful set up, relaxing way to have a picnic lunch or just relax

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Where to stay in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, choose between developed campgrounds where you can pitch your tent by your car and access restrooms and showers, or more primitive vehicle-accessed campgrounds. The park also offers accommodations in a permanent structure at LeConte Lodge, which is accessible via five different hiking trails. (There is no car access; you must hike in to use this lodge.) For a wider array of lodging options, stay in Gatlinburg. Serving primarily as a resort gateway to the park, the town offers various styles of accommodation, from national chain hotels to mountain lodges to small inns. Most places lie within 8 km (5 mi) of the park's entrance.
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