Trailcams capture Chimney Tops Trail restoration work

January 28, 2015

  • Chimney Tops trailcam

by Julie Dodd

Trailcam camera on Chimney Tops Trail

A trailcam camera was installed on the Chimney Tops Trail to record restoration work with time-lapse photography. Photo by Julie Dodd

Thanks to the photo planning and editing skills of Tobias Miller, Smokies Trail Crew Supervisor, you can watch three sections of the Chimney Tops Trail be restored right in front of your eyes.

Trailcams were installed on trees along the trail and, with time-lapse photography, captured the evolution of the trail work. Each of these three videos shows the creation of a staircase on the trail. When you next hike the Chimney Tops Trail, you’ll have to see if you can identify the staircases.

You’ll see the Trails Forever Crew, the American Experience Trail Crew (wearing white helmets), and some trail work volunteers.

Chimney Tops Trail 2012 – 3:25 minutes

First staircase of 2012 season
May 1 – May 13, 2012 – 1 hour time lapse

Chimney Tops Trail 2013 – 4:06 minutes

Locust stairs
July 16 – Aug. 22, 2013 – every 15 mins.

Chimney Tops Trail 2014 – 6:51 minutes

One of the last stone staircases


Having been involved in documenting the restoration work and having spent one day on the work crew, I really admire the work done!

You can make a donation to FOTS Trails Forever to help with future trail restoration work. The Alum Cave Bluff Trail has been selected as the next Trail Forever project, with work beginning in 2015.

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