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Alum Cave Trail

Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Wintery Hike

We hiked in January a couple of days after some snow fall. The weather was warming up to low 50s... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Nora B
Church Hill, Tennessee
Awesome trail but get here early...Its gets crowded very fast

Located closer to the Gatlinburg entrance, Alumn Cave is one of the most popular trails in the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
New York City, New York
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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

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

Thank Nora B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank HikerNova
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

1  Thank vajmugrl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

Thank AdventurousAmy77
Reviewed 28 November 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

Thank TheCanopyRoad
Reviewed 21 November 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

1  Thank luce_del_nilo
Reviewed 18 November 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
Reviewed 26 October 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.

1  Thank fertues
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

We chose this trail because it was recommended to us at the Gatlimburg Welcome Center and we loved it! It is a medium difficulty trail, going uphill most of the time, but not as hard as Rainbow Falls Trail. Half of the time you will...More

1  Thank SaraAntonLargo
Reviewed 18 October 2017

At 70 years old it was a little strenuous but I made it. The views were great and trail was smooth, free of rocks and roots. A pretty hike with trees and stream along the way. I am planning to go again on my way...More

1  Thank Davistravels
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9 November 2016|
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Response from sunshineannabanana | Reviewed this property |
we saw no bear activity
10 October 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.