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Alum Cave Trail

Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Gorgeous and different!

The "cave" is huge and majestic feeling! LOVED this trail! There's variety to keep you... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Natalie G
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Lovely hike in the forest

This trail follows a creek all the way to the arch rock. Unfortunately that's as far as we went... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Valerie H
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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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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 days ago via mobile

The "cave" is huge and majestic feeling! LOVED this trail! There's variety to keep you entertained! Typical running stream, a gorgeous summit, and majestic cave. I would go back for sure!

Thank Natalie G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This trail follows a creek all the way to the arch rock. Unfortunately that's as far as we went this time. There were a lot of reports on Instagram of ice further up so we didn't continue due to being unprepared (And maybe slightly tired...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We hiked in January a couple of days after some snow fall. The weather was warming up to low 50s that day. The snow covered trails were not heavily traveled on our way up on a Saturday, around 11:00 a.m., but by the time we...More

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Reviewed January 4, 2018

Located closer to the Gatlinburg entrance, Alumn Cave is one of the most popular trails in the park! Its get very crowded, very fast so it can be super difficult to find parking. Loved this trail! its a moderate hike to the cave, crossing a...More

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Reviewed December 27, 2017

We took a day hike to Alum Cave and were definitely impressed. The first half of the trail is all river views as you take a gradual climb to the Arch Rock. The Arch is really spectacular and not something you see a lot of...More

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Reviewed December 23, 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed this hike. Parking is somewhat of an issue, but there is a brand new lot close by with a rest room. The entire trail is well maintained and offers spectacular views. The bluffs are a good place to have a snack or lunch....More

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Reviewed November 28, 2017

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

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Reviewed November 21, 2017 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

2  Thank luce_del_nilo
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Reviewed November 18, 2017

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
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Reviewed October 26, 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.

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mark c
January 20, 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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ICECLAU
November 8, 2016|
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Response from sunshineannabanana | Reviewed this property |
we saw no bear activity
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ICECLAU
October 10, 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.
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