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Mt Le Conte via the Alum Cave Bluffs Trail

Gatlinburg, TN

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Mt Le Conte via the Alum Cave Bluffs Trail is a 11 mile out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a river, concave cliff. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

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Vesta Glade Trail
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16 Completed 3 Reviews

Very nice and wonderful . Great for little ones ! Beautiful hard woods and sweet meadows!

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Short Springs State Natural Area Hike Trail
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3 Completed 0 Reviews

Great trail. I recommend going left on the loop from the trailhead to avoid an intense climb out. Be prepared to get your feet wet to get to Machine Falls - you have to navigate up the creek to get a view. If you are feeling very froggy, you can scramble up the right side of the falls and rejoin the trail. Great trail - already looking forward to going back.

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Couchville Lake Loop Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

great easy walk with tons of tame wildlife for viewing. I love this trail when I want an easy flat hike.

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Grotto Falls Trail
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5 Completed 4 Reviews

Perfect hike for families with younger children! 2.8 miles round trip. Has 4 creek crossings on the trail and the payoff is great at the end.

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Grotto Falls Trail
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5 Completed 4 Reviews

Perfect hike for families with younger children! 2.8 miles round trip. Has 4 creek crossings on the trail and the payoff is great at the end.

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Raven Point Trail
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70 Completed 58 Reviews

The Raven Point Trail is not closed - lol. It is a spur directly off the Fiery Gizzard Trail. It is a little steep coming back and you have to go around a couple of downed trees, but even with a backpack, it was a piece of cake. The sunset here is spectacular. Sunrise is a little obstructed by trees, but still worthwhile. If you are afraid of heights you can still enjoy staying back a bit. And a great spot to hang a hammock.

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Fiery Gizzard Trail
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70 Completed 58 Reviews

One of my favorite backpacking hikes - but not for the faint of heart. Although it is a treat to see the falls pumping after a hard rain, the trail can get muddy, tricky, slippery. I prefer to start at Fiery Gizzard take the Dogpile spur up to Ravens Point as it is less elevation and there are 3 streams that offer water opportunities, versus having to carry water UP all that elevation. The spur to the base of Anderson Falls is not for the faint of heart. It is STEEP. And the section to the bottom segment of the falls is a lot of really loose rocks, it had rained 4 days before, and it was still very sketchy (down was worse than up). I imagine you can get water above the falls, but it still required a scramble down.

The sunset at Ravens Point is spectacular. The sunrise view is a bit obstructed. And you may hear 18wheelers around 3am. It is a great spot to hang a hammock or 3. But even if camping was permitted, no place to set your tent. ;-)

Hiking past Anderson Falls toward Foster Falls is quite flat for many miles, a mere "walk in the woods" until you get to Laurel Gorge, then it gets challenging again. I was behind a group of first timer backpackerbackpackers who got lost multiple times in this section... depending on direction, there is a steep section that is cabled, it can be treacherous if wet - you don't have solid shoes and your pack weighted correctly. Once out of the gorge, the rest of the hike to Foster Falls is a piece of cake.

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Foster Falls / Climbers Loop
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70 Completed 58 Reviews

Not difficult - other than being cautious of wet leaves along descent to base of falls. If there are climbers, they often leave their gear and hammocks all over the trail - fun to watch them, and they often then realize this is not just a climber's route.

When you climb the steep stairs out of Climber's Access 2, take a left, heading away from the trailhead. You will pass a couple of bridges with lovely views of the gorge and at the top of very small waterfalls (rainfall dependent). It is a flat trail along the route. Beyond the bridges, you will have a long walk in the woods. If you make it to Small Wilds Campsite, you are just approaching the Laurel Gorge section - turn around unless you want a more challenging steep hike.

When you turn around, you will have a lovely view of the falls and cross a metal bridge over the creek... if water level low, I like to scramble down and find a nice rock to chill on upstream.

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Dog Hole Trail
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70 Completed 58 Reviews

I recommend taking Dog Hole as a spur out to Ravens Point, and then take the main Fiery Gizzard trail back to the trailhead. It is a more forgiving route - the very beginning is steep and a bit slippery if it has rained recently, so take your time. It is more flat, there is a very short spur to Yellow Pine Falls and a couple of nice overlooks. You will cross 3 small streams, I use the last one for water before camping at Ravens.

I have a couple of infected fingers, so I could not dig up some broken glass, but as you start the ascent past the large rock wall, there is a downed tree that has been sawed - a fair amount of broken glass. So if you pass by, bring a bag and pick it up?

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Booker T. Washington Trail
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10 Completed 2 Reviews

Hiking this with my 4 & 6 year old girls was a good time. They loved it. If we continue doing it I'm sure I'll be trail running just to keep up. ;)

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