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“Absolutely Amazing for Adventurers!!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Alum Cave Trail

Alum Cave Trail
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Owner description: One of the most popular hikes in the park, it is the quick route to Mt. LeConte Lodge.
Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 attraction reviews
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“Absolutely Amazing for Adventurers!!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014

This is a moderately difficult hike that provides the most scenic and adventurous trip step-for-step. The trail starts off pretty easy and has you hike by a rushing stream with some great spots to stop for pictures, a picnic, or a great and peaceful view. Further up the trail gets more adventurous as you hike over the stream on some log bridges (with railings) and along some rocky areas. The trail itself is just really fun and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. The end-point of the Alum Cave is really nice...I was able to see it around sundown and really enjoyed it. You also have the option of continuing up to Mount LeConte...which is the highest peak in the park...from the Alum Cave.

This is highly recommended for anybody seeking a thoroughly enjoyable hike. However, it isn't as tourist friendly as some of the more beaten paths, so be sure to be in decent shape!

Visited March 2014
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Medium difficulty trail to the bluff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014

Hard for kids. Teens ok. Take food. Plan on 3 hours if you're an observer. Great scenery along the way. Have to climb up stairs about kid way to the bluff. Wear good shoes!

Visited March 2014
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Northern KY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Worth the hike for the view!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

A great hike! It took us 3 hours round trip. It's almost 5 miles with lots of places ton stop and rest along way or enjoy the view!! We went on Friday afternoon and it was not crowded. We saw same trail parking lot at same time on Saturday with 40+ cars so it does get crowded on weekend.

Visited March 2014
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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124 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Nice trail, if you can avoid the crowds.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2014

Being the shortest path to reach Mt. LeConte, makes it one of the busiest trails in the park. If you are looking to get away from it all on a trail in the park, Alum Cave is not the one to choose. Especially in the summer or weekends. That being said Alum Cave is still a fun hike if you can catch it when tourist season is over or mid-week while everyone else is either working or in school.

Just remember when hiking in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, if you pack it in, please pack it out. Leave no trace.

Visited January 2014
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Great trail, highly recommended!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

This is a really nice trail for any hiker! Some nice scenery, rivers, some waterfalls and caves and a nice trail! Very good trail!

Visited April 2013
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