Winter Road Status
During winter, roads in the park may close due to snow and ice, especially at night when water from melting refreezes on roads. For road status information please call (865) 436-1200 ext. 631 or follow road updates at http://twitter.com/SmokiesRoadsNPS. More »
Hike to Alum Cave
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.
Did You Know?
At 480 feet, Fontana Dam, located on the southwestern boundary of the park, is the tallest concrete dam east of the Rocky Mountains. The dam impounds the Little Tennessee River forming Fontana Lake and produces hydroelectric power. More...