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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
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Did You Know?

Fall leaf colors are most vivid at low to mid elevations.

About 100 native tree species make their home in Great Smoky Mountains National Park—more than in all of northern Europe. The park also contains one of the largest blocks of old-growth temperate deciduous forest in North America. More...