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Good Workout and Great Views

Alum “Cave” is really just a bluff with a big overhang of rock, but still a really cool place to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Favorite hike

Loved this trail! A good work out and the views were amazing. You need to get there by 9 to find... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Alum “Cave” is really just a bluff with a big overhang of rock, but still a really cool place to hike to! The first roughly 1.5 miles will take you over a pretty solid path (a few rock steps and tree roots along the way...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this trail! A good work out and the views were amazing. You need to get there by 9 to find a parking spot.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our entire family felt this was the best hike in the park and maybe the best hike any of had ever done. Kids loved the log bridges and stream crossings. Many great vistas. We turned around at the cave. Wished we would have had time...More

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Reviewed 9 October 2018

This is a very popular hike in the Smokies. Had to park on the main highway due to crowds. We arrived at 9:30 but I suggest earlier. There were times that we were alone on the trail but not for long. Hike was moderate. I...More

Thank rjcvg
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

This is a great hike with great views! Parking is a challenge but this is the perfect hike for a family with physically fit young kids. It’s not too steep and it’s a very Interesting and fun trail!

Thank John D
Reviewed 1 October 2018

One of the best ways to get to the top of Mt. LeConte but almost always crowded, especially from Alum Cave Bluff to the bottom. Great views along the way.

Thank Phil C
Reviewed 4 September 2018

The hike was good if you are looking for a moderate hike. The reason for the 4 stars are that the location of the hiking trails isn't clear. Mt.Le Conte, which we were looking to hike, was after the alum cave hike and we didn't...More

Thank Ron J
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Did this hike during fall . The view at the top is amazing. Great hike for summer and fall . Lots of streams on the way but the bridges are narrow .

Thank travelislife28
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

This was definetly a HIKE! Took us about 3 1/2 hrs to get to the cabins at the top. You can stop at the lodge grab a tshirt andy bar or something sit on the rocking chairs and just take a well deserved respite. They...More

Thank Shannon S
Reviewed 30 July 2018

This is a great way to spend the day for anyone staying in the Gatlinburg area. The first half of the hike is pretty easy. After you reach the arch, the trail begins to incline a bit more. Visiting the rock shelter is worth the...More

1  Thank chrisbaxter78
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April P
19 March 2018|
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Response from Bill P | Reviewed this property |
To take advantage of the beautiful sunrise, you would need to go to the top of Mt LeConte. The trail is not closed, however hiking up 5 miles on the Alum Cave Trail in the dark is a little risky and perhaps not recommended... More
1 March 2018|
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Response from Bill P | Reviewed this property |
Alum Cave Trail begins on the Newfound Gap Road 8.6 miles south of the Sugarlands Visitor Center. The trail terminates in 5.0 miles near the top of Mt. LeConte on the Rainbow Falls Trail. The trail has an elevation gain of... More
mark c
21 January 2018|
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Response from Bill P | Reviewed this property |
The Alum Cave Bluffs are about 2.3 miles from the trail-head on Newfound Gap Road. The trail will gradually increase in steepness over the first mile, then will continue the same rate of climb for most of the trail. About... More