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Alum Cave Trail

Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Worth the hike

Alum Cave Trail is worth the hike. Half way to Mt Leconte so a good place to stop awhile or just to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tupelo, Mississippi
Interesting hike with a lot of ascent

We did this hike to get to LeConte Lodge. There are other equally good hikes in Smoky Ntl Park that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brevard, North Carolina
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One of the most popular hikes in the park, it is the quick route to Mt. LeConte Lodge.
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Alum Cave Trail is worth the hike. Half way to Mt Leconte so a good place to stop awhile or just to go here. If seem to be different that it was in my younger years so we all need to take advantage of sights...More

Thank jlofton2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did this hike to get to LeConte Lodge. There are other equally good hikes in Smoky Ntl Park that are less strenuous, but if going to Mt. LeConte or the Lodge, this is a great choice. It is a long steady ascent but not...More

Thank wvlivingston
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice hike across several streams. At the end there's an arch like cave and depending on the weather there may be ice in there. Maybe even in the summer!

Thank Ed H
Reviewed 21 May 2017 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...More

Thank TheGreenAuthor
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

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

Thank PharmIDGirl
Reviewed 11 May 2017

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...More

Thank 33andfree
Reviewed 9 May 2017

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...More

3  Thank pingaroo
Reviewed 7 May 2017 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.

1  Thank Dennis L
Reviewed 4 May 2017 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...More

Thank Heykris89
Reviewed 3 May 2017 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!

Thank Brooke N
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Has anybody recently seen any bear activity in the trail?
8 November 2016|
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Response from sunshineannabanana | Reviewed this property |
we saw no bear activity
Planning on hiking the Alum cave trail and was wondering if anyone out there seen any bear activity on the way.
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.
I haven't seen any reviews mentioning taking their dogs on this hike. Are dogs not allowed in Alum cave trail?
8 October 2016|
Response from Francois A | Reviewed this property |
Because of wildlife, dogs are generally not allowed on trails in national parks.