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Hike to Alum Cave

Alum Cave Bluffs

Alum Cave Bluffs

Hike through a rock arch on this scenic trail through old-growth forest and enjoy spectacular views of the Smokies high country.

 

Details about taking this hike:

Trail: Alum Cave Bluffs Trail

Driving to the Trailhead: Drive 8.6 miles on Newfound Gap Road from Sugarlands Visitor Center or 20 miles from Oconaluftee Visitor Center. There is a sign and two large parking areas marking the trailhead.

Hiking Distance: 2.5 miles one way to Alum Cave Bluffs

Trail Conditions: Elveation change of 1,200 feet; the trail is steep and follows the edge of the ridge in sections

Notes: Alum Cave Bluffs Trail continues past Alum Cave Bluffs for a total of 5.0 miles to just below the summit of Mt. Le Conte.

 
Alum Cave Bluffs
Alum Cave Bluffs Location Map

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