Alum Cave Trail at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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This 5.9-mile (11.8 miles out and back) trail in the heart of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is deceptively challenging, but provides a variety in trail experiences as you make your way from the river at the bottom, past caves and massive overhangs, and along steep inclines, to reach the LeConte Lodge at the top. The Alum Cave Trail is not for the faint of heart, especially if you have determined to take it on in less than ideal conditions, such as during any type of rainy or cold weather. The way can become muddy and/or slippery, and it gets cold at the higher elevations. When snow is melting, giant, sharp icicles from the cave ceiling can fall and impale a person, and the hike is almost as challenging going down as it is going up, because of steep inclines.
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Hiking Tennessee

by Kelley Roark and Stuart Carroll (Falcon Guides)

This 5.9-mile (11.8 miles out and back) trail in the heart of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is deceptively challenging, but provides a variety in trail experiences as you make your way from the river at the bottom, past caves and massive overhangs, and along steep inclines, to reach the LeConte Lodge at the top.

The Alum Cave Trail is not for the faint of heart, especially if you have determined to take it on in less than ideal conditions, such as during any type of rainy or cold weather. The way can become muddy and/or slippery, and it gets cold at the higher elevations. When snow is melting, giant, sharp icicles from the cave ceiling can fall and impale a person, and the hike is almost as challenging going down as it is going up, because of steep inclines.

© 2016 Kelley Roark and Stuart Carroll/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gatlinburg
Distance: 11.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sugarlands Visitor Center (2 miles south of Gatlinburg on US 441), Gatlinburg, TN 37738; (865) 436-1200 or (865) 436-7318; nps.gov/grsm/index.htm
Driving Directions: Directions to Alum Cave Trail at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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