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Alum Cave Trail

Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Appreciated having both of my hiking sticks and get there early

Get there early to enjoy less congestion and ease of parking. This is a great hike for people with... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
H_Winchester1219
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Lake Alfred, Florida
Great hike with great views along the way

It’s a fun hike up with elevation gain but not in the most difficult way. The hike is a little more... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mgraham8
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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 6 days ago

Get there early to enjoy less congestion and ease of parking. This is a great hike for people with a variety physical fitness levels. I am not the most physically fit individual, I do go to the gym and get on the treadmill but not...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s a fun hike up with elevation gain but not in the most difficult way. The hike is a little more than five miles long which I think is a good distance to feel accomplished but not so long that you are totally exhausted. There...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived at 9:30 to find it swamped with cars and people. The hike up was marred with constant yielding for hikers coming down and the same for the return trip. Every age imaginable enroute with little kids running under foot. The trail is interesting...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This trail has 3 different lengths of hiking. The 1.4 mike trail is a great trail for kids. Ours ranged from 6-12 and they did great. It says moderate-strenuous but it was pretty easy for them. It definitely gets more difficult after than point though....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not many parking spaces. Park along the road and walk to the trailhead. The first part of the hike is a mild incline next to a picturesque stream. This takes you up to the Arch Rock (about 1.3 Miles on trail). This is a great...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Alum Cave Trail is not really that hard. The first part of the trail up to Arch Rock is pretty easy, especially now that the trail has been made hiker friendly. Climbing through Arch Rock the trail gets a bit difficult but is not...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were able to snag a reservation for a night at Le Conte Lodge after Memorial Day last year. I would do it again in a heartbeat. The fact that it was raining all the way up the mountain made the walk down that much...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Agree with the positive review. My 9 and 7 year old kids loved the hike along the river stream and were ok with the steeper parts closer to Alum Cave. Glad we arrived early for a parking spot near the trailhead to save a few...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Newfound Gap Road was closed the first of our time in the Smokies due to snow and ice but there was a break the day before our vacation was over so we decided on the Alum Cave Trail. We arrived around 8:30am and surprised to...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

This is a moderate hike it gets steeper as you go along. The trail is well taken care off. The rock steps were beautiful. Even if you don't make it to the top you won't be disappointed on the views.

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April P
19 March 2018|
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Response from Bill P | 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
1 March 2018|
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Response from Bill P | 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
20 January 2018|
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Response from Bill P | Reviewed this property |
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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