Alum Cave Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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The quickest route to the Le Conte massif, Alum Cave Trail meanders along a creek, through an old-growth forest of mountain laurel and rhododendron, tracing the edge of a narrow ridge in its final third. This very popular, 4 km (2.5mi) hike passes by many notable landmarks, including Arch Rock and Inspiration Point, a rocky outcrop offering sweeping views of the rugged valley. The narrow tunnel of Arch Rock is considered to be the highlight of this trek. Stop at the LeConte Lodge for a well-deserved respite over a refreshing cup of hot coco before continuing to the summit. Work out when and for how long to visit Alum Cave Trail and other Great Smoky Mountains National Park attractions using our handy Great Smoky Mountains National Park day trip planner.
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  • IMO best trail to get to the lodge. Not terribly strenuous. Trail levels out some after assents so one can have a breather. Some places trail is on bald spots use the hand holds. Walking stick helps!  more »
  • I only hiked to the Alum Cave Bluffs. This is one of the best hikes in the Smokies. The trail starts going along water, then starts going up. I hit the June wildflowers at the right time. Many great v...  more »
  • I love how this trail has different characters along the path as you hike it and the end point when you reach the cave bluff is amazing. Beautiful views and a nice point to get some chow down and rela...  more »
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