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Alum Cave Trail

Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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One of our favorite hikes in the area. Combine it with Mount Leconte for a great day. Fantastic... read more

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Brian D
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Asheville, North Carolina
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This trail has become a family tradition for me. My Dad took me when I was a kid and I just took my... read more

Reviewed 2 days 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 yesterday

One of our favorite hikes in the area. Combine it with Mount Leconte for a great day. Fantastic views!

Thank Brian D
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This trail has become a family tradition for me. My Dad took me when I was a kid and I just took my 8 year-old last week. It's a great trail, a bit tough, but very much worth the climb. You see quite a bit...More

Thank JosephMcGhee
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great morning hike if you just go to the bluffs all day if you go further. We did the roughly 5 mile round trip to the bluffs for some incredible views of the back country of the great Smokies , you know...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We hiked several trails in the area, and this one was our favorite. Aside from lovely views at several clearings, there were a few bridges over the water and a cool staircase through a small cave. It’s not a long hike and not overly steep...More

1  Thank Allison K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is reason this is the top rated trail.  Up till you get to the stairs it's moderate difficulty.  After that point it's definitely difficult, but you have to make it.  There's a look out point just before the cave so when you get there...More

Thank GregTrav28
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this trail! The rhododendron are just starting to bloom- stunning. You walk along a river/waterfall the entire way, which is lovely. The first 1/2, about 1.3 Miles, is easy terrain- perfect for all ages. This section has diverse wetland foliage, the river, lots...More

2  Thank schmoopykins
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We started the Alum Cave trail early to Mt. LeConte. As like everyone else has said, trail is very steep. A L O T of stairs-which I was not prepared for. Views made it 110% worth every step.

2  Thank amandanwhite87
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Avid hikers have seen these formations before. Yet still worth the quick trip. Go early as hundreds come late.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve been hiking this trail for two decades, and I feel accomplished every time. If you arrive early, you will see the morning sun shining through the dripping water from the bluff, and it appears to be golden.

Thank Gerald B
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Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

It's a strenuous hike. Long, steep hike. It tests the limit of everyone! But the view from the top is out of the world!!

Thank tazrianahmed91
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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
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myconquistador
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
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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
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