Alum Cave Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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  • Went around 11 am, had to park out by the road. Hike wasn't super easy, but a nice challenge, beautiful scenery, good photo opportunities, 1.5 miles to the "cave", could go on if you want but its appa...  more »
  • After a morning of hard rain, we started exactly at the time that it was dry to this trail. The alum creek you the first time was hugely swollen by the fallen rain. What a beauty to see hurtling to that water to gangs. After 1.5 hours we reached the alum cave with a super mountain views! This trail begins on average and continues to heavily but you get rewards with wonderful views. Secretly the most beautiful trail in the smoky's!
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  • We chose this trail because it was recommended to us at the Gatlimburg Welcome Center and we loved it! It is a medium difficulty trail, going uphill most of the time, but not as hard as Rainbow Falls ...  more »

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Inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, choose between developed campgrounds where you can pitch your tent by your car and access restrooms and showers, or more primitive vehicle-accessed campgrounds. The park also offers accommodations in a permanent structure at LeConte Lodge, which is accessible via five different hiking trails. (There is no car access; you must hike in to use this lodge.) For a wider array of lodging options, stay in Gatlinburg. Serving primarily as a resort gateway to the park, the town offers various styles of accommodation, from national chain hotels to mountain lodges to small inns. Most places lie within 8 km (5 mi) of the park's entrance.
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