Chimneys Picnic Area, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

4.9
#12 of 37 in Parks in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Set in the wooded area alongside the Little Pigeon River, Chimneys Picnic Area is a great spot to pull in for a bite to eat in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The area boasts 68 picnic tables and grills placed on level pads, big enough to accommodate families and small groups of friends. The most popular pads are the decks overlooking the river. Each pad comes with its own parking spot, while the ones nearest to the restrooms remain reserved for people with mobility issues. Take a look at our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Chimneys Picnic Area and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Fantastic views and rock hopping. Nothing has changed in 50 years except it is only for picnics and not camping. One of the most beautiful areas in the East  more »
  • My wife had come here when she was our girls age & wanted to cook our meal on one of the grills like she and her family used to do. We were able to find a great place to park & cook our food while the...  more »
  • Brilliant picnic spot. Separate parking bays well separated from others and each with their own spacious picnic table and benches. Beautiful trees all around and the river running close by. Lovely!  more »
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  • Super clean and well maintained. Having running water in the potties is an added bonus! It can get crowded on the weekends so parking can be an issue. Honestly though it's well worth it.
  • Perfect place for a picnic! The view is awesome. You can hang out on the rocks in the water. Take walks on trails. Tables available. Really a great place for photos!
  • Amazing spot to stop with the kids to get a bite to eat and relax. The kids can get in the river and cool off while you prep the food. Kids loved the river and it was nice and relaxing for the parents. Beautiful scenery! Also equipped with grills and restrooms.
  • We came here for Father’s Day to cookout and enjoy the creek area. It is well maintained and easy access. It’s very busy however so plan ahead.
  • Nice rest area for a picnic by the creek. The restrooms are well maintained and easily accessible. The kids loved feeling the cool water coming from the mountains.
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