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One of the most popular hikes in the park, it is the quick route to Mt. LeConte Lodge.
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Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very beautiful and interesting trail. Caution as it can be icy and very dangerous in the winter - icicles falling all over at the cave. Would love to do this hike again. As usual, my complaint is that no dogs were allowed. Other than that,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Augustandwally
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This trail is awesome!!! Even though it's rated "moderate" it's definitely doable, even if you aren't in the greatest shape. You see such beautiful nature and it's so peaceful. It's a fairly occupied trail with many hikers but it's not congested. You will see beautiful...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Lauren P
Reviewed November 7, 2018

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank A7531BErogerp
Reviewed October 26, 2018 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank elly952
Reviewed October 20, 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Jim B
Reviewed October 9, 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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank rjcvg
Reviewed October 6, 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!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank John D
Reviewed October 1, 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.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank philc134
Reviewed September 4, 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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ron J
Reviewed August 31, 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 .

Date of experience: October 2017
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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
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myconquistador
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
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mark c
January 20, 2018|
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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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