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Alum Cave Trail

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

We chose this trail because it was recommended to us at the Gatlimburg Welcome Center and we loved... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Destin, Florida
via mobile
A must hike to experience.

At 70 years old it was a little strenuous but I made it. The views were great and trail was... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Saint Cloud, Florida
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One of the most popular hikes in the park, it is the quick route to Mt. LeConte Lodge.
  • Excellent83%
  • Very good15%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

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Reviewed 4 days ago 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

Thank SaraAntonLargo
Reviewed 5 days ago

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

Thank Davistravels
Reviewed 1 week ago

Alum Cave Trail is great. The trail is in excellent condition, the views are possibly the best in the park. A nice relaxing trail to start then begins a climb to Alum Cave Bluff. Trail maint has added nice steps, handrails and cables where needed....More

Thank Wayne C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As always, this is my favorite trail in the Smokies for hiking and or backpacking. Specacular views.....always. Highly recommend some sort of traction for your shoes as there is often ice. I use Kutula micro spikes. Water source is an easy walk from shelter. Always...More

Thank JEFF C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this trail! Wish I had started a little early while it was cooler outside! We went with a group of 10 and stayed overnight at LeConte lodge. Make sure to bring plenty of water for the hike!

Thank LHK70
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and 4 of his friends hiked to Mt LeConte 3 weeks ago and this trail and he couldn't stop talking about how beautiful it was. So today we hiked half way to Alum Cave and what a special treat! The trail is very...More

Thank DecembeSarah
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had not hiked this trail since it reopened after some work on the trail. The trail improvements make for a much nicer hike. This is a moderate hike on this trail with a few strenuous areas. This is a must hike of my wife...More

Thank travelerkent
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This trail stays along the stream for quite a bit. The stairway through the rock was an awesome site. Its one of the most popular hikes so go early to find parking and to beat the crowds. I would definitely recommend.

Thank Mulwee7
Reviewed 10 September 2017

My boyfriend and I hiked the alum cave trail during our trip to the Smokies in August 2017. The first mile and a half were relatively easy, it was when the trail began inclining that it became more moderate/intense. The views were incredible!! Breathtaking! Bring...More

1  Thank Vanessa C
Reviewed 3 September 2017

We did a couple hikes during our time in the Smokies and the Alum Cave trail was the best. It is about a 5 mile round trip which was perfect for our family with kids. The first part of the hike takes you along this...More

1  Thank PiscoMatt
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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.
8 October 2016|
Response from Francois A | Reviewed this property |
Because of wildlife, dogs are generally not allowed on trails in national parks.