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Beautiful hike

Did this hike during fall . The view at the top is amazing. Great hike for summer and fall . Lots... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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This was definetly a HIKE! Took us about 3 1/2 hrs to get to the cabins at the top. You can stop at... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2018
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One of the most popular hikes in the park, it is the quick route to Mt. LeConte Lodge.
Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 .

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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
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

Beautiful trail! For flatlanders, this is a moderate/difficult trail. Allow four hours for up and back then add thirty minutes for stopping at the bluff/cave for pics! If you only have time for one long hike, this is the one to do! 2/3 if the...More

1  Thank Oldman193
Reviewed 24 July 2018

Easy, scenic and worth the trek along a meandering river to the bluffs. Clean and wild and a little bit busy with LOTS of people, so arrive early for the best opportunity to enjoy the trail.

1  Thank Wandi S
Reviewed 23 July 2018

This trial follows the creek with nice views and bridges over the water. You have a slight incline most of the way and then as you approach the scenic areas that are some steps and inclines that can be taxing. As you follow the path...More

Thank swordsmanx
Reviewed 21 July 2018

This was our favorite hike during our stay. The trail starts out meandering the river which had many opportunities to stop and look at the beauty of nature (many tiny waterfalls going over the boulders). We got an early start (about 8:30 am), and the...More

Thank Kbron2
Reviewed 21 July 2018

Loved the creek and small waterfalls along the trail. We only went to the bluffs but that still took us some time. We got there around 9 and the parking was already full but we parked on the street right by the trailhead so it...More

Thank OPMOMof4
Reviewed 20 July 2018

Very challenging trail, uphill makes it strenuous. Crowds thin out after the bluff at the cave. Nice views throughout hike. A great way to spend the day.

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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