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Alum Cave Trail

Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Well maintained and lots of nice touches

Went on this hike to the cave bluffs in the first week of November. I didn't even plan for this... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tallahassee, Florida
Beautiful hike, do this if you can!

This was the highlight of our beautiful trip in the Smoky mountains! We finished feeling a great... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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One of the most popular hikes in the park, it is the quick route to Mt. LeConte Lodge.
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good14%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went on this hike to the cave bluffs in the first week of November. I didn't even plan for this hike as I was way too distracted by all the beautiful fall foliage in the lower elevations and kept wanting to stop at various viewpoints....More

Thank TheCanopyRoad
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was the highlight of our beautiful trip in the Smoky mountains! We finished feeling a great sense of achievement and wonder. No experienced hikers in our group, although we all have some degree of fitness. We didn't make it to LeConte, didn't even mean...More

1  Thank luce_del_nilo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a really fun and popular hike to the Alum cave. It’s really just a large overhand so don’t get too excited, but there is a really cool pass through a small cave at one point. The parking is insane, get here early to...More

Thank Brady D
Reviewed 27 October 2017

Went around 11 am, had to park out by the road. Hike wasn't super easy, but a nice challenge, beautiful scenery, good photo opportunities, 1.5 miles to the "cave", could go on if you want but its apparently more of a challenge.

1  Thank fertues
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

We chose this trail because it was recommended to us at the Gatlimburg Welcome Center and we loved it! It is a medium difficulty trail, going uphill most of the time, but not as hard as Rainbow Falls Trail. Half of the time you will...More

1  Thank SaraAntonLargo
Reviewed 19 October 2017

At 70 years old it was a little strenuous but I made it. The views were great and trail was smooth, free of rocks and roots. A pretty hike with trees and stream along the way. I am planning to go again on my way...More

1  Thank Davistravels
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Alum Cave Trail is great. The trail is in excellent condition, the views are possibly the best in the park. A nice relaxing trail to start then begins a climb to Alum Cave Bluff. Trail maint has added nice steps, handrails and cables where needed....More

1  Thank Wayne C
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

As always, this is my favorite trail in the Smokies for hiking and or backpacking. Specacular views.....always. Highly recommend some sort of traction for your shoes as there is often ice. I use Kutula micro spikes. Water source is an easy walk from shelter. Always...More

Thank JEFF C
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

Loved this trail! Wish I had started a little early while it was cooler outside! We went with a group of 10 and stayed overnight at LeConte lodge. Make sure to bring plenty of water for the hike!

Thank LHK70
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

My husband and 4 of his friends hiked to Mt LeConte 3 weeks ago and this trail and he couldn't stop talking about how beautiful it was. So today we hiked half way to Alum Cave and what a special treat! The trail is very...More

Thank DecembeSarah
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9 November 2016|
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Response from sunshineannabanana | Reviewed this property |
we saw no bear activity
11 October 2016|
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Response from Ravekid |
Of all the info I've read on-line, I've never heard of any bear sightings along the trail. I do believe I recall some sightings up near the Lodge.
8 October 2016|
Response from Francois A | Reviewed this property |
Because of wildlife, dogs are generally not allowed on trails in national parks.