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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 1 week ago via mobile

We did this hike moderately in 3 hours. The climb is gradual, with many steps and log bridges to make your way up to the peak. Highlights are waterfall views, and a cave pass.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank bonnied325
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the small parking area you enter the trail by a bubbling brook. We saw 2 baby bear cubs and their mama! My grandson held 3 salamanders! The trail is quite tricky as it is eroding in many places and you need to cross a...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank FarAway211632
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As usual, many details here. Read on for that or for short and sweet, see SUMMARY at bottom. Great family adventure! Our kids are 8, 8, and 10. Try as we might, none of the three are too enthusiastic about hiking. After looking at reviews...More

Date of experience: August 2019
3  Thank free2venture
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This trail did not disappoint. The view from the bluff was out of this world. Would highly recommend for anyone who is looking for beautiful views from a unique perspective in the park. A few tips: This hike has a moderate rating and is an...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank G2355HLalexs
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a nice hike, with good views, along a stream early on. Not challenging technically, but a reasonably challenging hike overall.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank John O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hike was a little challenging but I considered it a good workout. Need hiking boots for uneven irregular terrain, nothing too crazy.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 14, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I completed this hike with our toddler on our backs. We hiked all the way to the top and got to see all kinds of wildlife to include mice, deer, and a bear. We completed the 11 mile round trip in 4...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Jessica49250
Reviewed August 5, 2019

Out of our group of 4, one is not crazy about hiking so we searched for a relatively short but interesting trail. Alum Cave Trail pretty much fit our desires. It is 4.2 miles roundtrip with a decent, but not terrible incline. Many rocky streams...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank ken s
Reviewed July 25, 2019

The hike is pretty easy until your reach the first cave. Then it becomes pretty moderate. There was also bears on the trails according to some hikers below me. I didn't see one but honestly I didn't want to see one on a trail. The...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank gussterling
Reviewed July 19, 2019

I don't get it. The trail itself barely meets the level of mediocrity in my opinion. Along the way there is not much to see other than the 2 photo ops at the arch and then the concave cliff. Neither one is all that great....More

Date of experience: July 2019
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September 12, 2019|
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Response from Beefseeker | Reviewed this property |
Great answer Janet... but believe it or not, Alum Cave trailhead is one of the few trails that one will have cell service on, in the Smokies. AT&T and Verizon both work at various locations on this trail. Good pointer on the... More
April P
March 18, 2018|
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Response from billparkins | 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
February 28, 2018|
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Response from billparkins | 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