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Address: Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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One of the most popular hikes in the park, it is the quick route to Mt....

One of the most popular hikes in the park, it is the quick route to Mt. LeConte Lodge.

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A trail with lots to see

We've done this trail several times and taken groups through. It is a wonderful hike--One of the most popular ones in the Smokies. You will experience cool things like a stone... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've done this trail several times and taken groups through. It is a wonderful hike--One of the most popular ones in the Smokies. You will experience cool things like a stone staircase and some outcrops on rocks were you can get some great views. The cave itself is amazing. Take some time to look up the history of alum cave.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice hike- about 5 miles long. Goes through the stream and has some cool Bridges. Can get crowded in the afternoon

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Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I seriously enjoyed this hike. We were originally only planning on making it to the cave, but then the day ended up being perfect weather wise so we hiked all the way to the top. There are stopping points the entire 5 miles up. Starting with walking along the stream, to steps through a rock, Alum cave, vista points as... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 288 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Alum Cave Trail has 3 points of interest: 1) Arch Rock: 1 mi/1.6 km one-way 2) Alum Cave Bluffs: 2.3 mi/3.7 km one-way 3) Monte LeConte: 5 mi/8 km one-way The trail winds along the Alum Cave Creek to the Arch Rock then climbs up to Peregrine Peak, Alum Cave Bluffs, and finally Monte LeConte. There is a decent-sized... More 

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Grand Blanc, Michigan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

2.5 miles to the Alum cave and worth every step! Beautiful views around every corner, get there early as the parking fills up quickly. Bring water and wear good hiking shoes, the trail gets a little more strenuous after the arch rock.

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Ny
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am not a hiker by any means but I read a bunch of comments and figured I would give it a try. For my first hike ever it was great! A little tough on the up hill parts but I made it to the cave in an hour or so. Has amazing views.

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Thank Heykris89
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When you start out on this trail it has creek views. As you walk further up the mountain it has amazing mountain views!

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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed 18 April 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 amazing however. It was worth it. Takes about 4 hours round trip with no major... More 

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 16 April 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 way up but it started to break (as it started to rain!) and we could... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 9 April 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 some physically challenged people but the lower part is gentle and well maintained. The many... More 

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