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Alum Cave Trail

Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Great hike with amazing views

The hike to Alum Cave is around 2.3 miles one-way. It is a beautiful hike. Till the Alum Rock which... read more

Reviewed April 18, 2017
Detroit, Michigan
Great hike in Great Smokies

Received map and info we needed from Sugarland Visitors Center. Weather called for thunderstorms... read more

Reviewed April 16, 2017
Wallingford, Connecticut
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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 April 18, 2017

The hike to Alum Cave is around 2.3 miles one-way. It is a beautiful hike. Till the Alum Rock which is around 1.2 or 1.3 miles it is not that hard. After this mark it gets very strenuous with steps and elevation. The views are...More

3  Thank nive131
Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

Received map and info we needed from Sugarland Visitors Center. Weather called for thunderstorms but ranger thought we could make it to cave and back no problem. We appreciated his honesty (and the answer we wanted!) It was a beautiful hike - very foggy on...More

2  Thank NancyJ422
Reviewed April 9, 2017

This is one of the most beautiful trails in the GSMNP. We have done this one many times. We usually do the bottom part that follows the creek. It's about 2 miles in and out instead of 10 miles for the whole thing. We had...More

2  Thank Valinor
Reviewed March 26, 2017

Trail is well marked and well tended. Plenty of other hikers makes you feel safer. The views of the river are amazing. Only hard part of the day was finding a parking spot. Good Luck with that.

1  Thank Bob19512014
Reviewed February 20, 2017

This is a fairly moderate hike to the bluffs. The steps at the end are probably the most strenuous part. We saw the eye of the needle from inspiration point!

2  Thank redhawk47988
Reviewed February 15, 2017 via mobile

We loved this walk along the trail, it was so beautiful to walk beside the river. We walked only to the Arch Rock but that was so great. We will go back to walk up to the bluffs but some of the family members I...More

2  Thank L F
Reviewed February 13, 2017

Hike was awesome. Unfortunately we didnt make it to the top because of icy conditions just past the cave. Will try again when warmer.

1  Thank classfamily1
Reviewed January 16, 2017 via mobile

We hit the trail at 7 am on Saturday. Wow! Gorgeous! The views were spectacular and the weather was perfect. Strenuous hike. Bring lots of water. There was water sources along the trail at this time of year if you have a filter and prefer...More

3  Thank leahkashouty
Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

If you are only going to the Cave and/or bluffs this is a good quick hike. The Trail is primarily flat with a slow incline as you head toward the bluffs. We made it to the bluffs in under an hour and 15 minutes. The...More

3  Thank Meagan E
Reviewed January 11, 2017

We happened across this trailhead when our plan to see Clingmans Dome was spoiled by snow and ice. We lucked out getting a parking spot on a Saturday morning and really enjoyed every bit of this hike. The arch rock was really neat but after...More

5  Thank Penny E
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Has anybody recently seen any bear activity in the trail?
November 8, 2016|
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Response from sunshineannabanana | Reviewed this property |
we saw no bear activity
Planning on hiking the Alum cave trail and was wondering if anyone out there seen any bear activity on the way.
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.
I haven't seen any reviews mentioning taking their dogs on this hike. Are dogs not allowed in Alum cave trail?
October 8, 2016|
Response from Francois A | Reviewed this property |
Because of wildlife, dogs are generally not allowed on trails in national parks.