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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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Mt Le Conte via the Alum Cave Bluffs Trail
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23 Completed 22 Reviews

While on vacation on TN I was able to make just one hike and I decided to hike Mt. LeConte via the Alum Cave Trail and even though we got rained on and the summit was totally in the clouds, this was a fantastic hike. After spending all my time hiking in New England, the foot path of the Alum Cave Trail was like walking on carpet. No constant rock-hopping. My feet weren't bruised and battered at the end. We started our hike at 7:45 am and the trailhead parking lot was already half full. However we saw very few hikers and most of the people we did see were overnight hikers on the way down. For the most part we hiked alone. I highly recommend this hike for all ages. There are plenty of things to see along the trail and if you are with young kids you can turn around at anyone of the destination sights. From the start the trail follows a good size creek for about 1.5 miles. You cross this stream 5 or 6 times on foot bridges. There are lots of places to get into the stream if you need to cool off. The "Alum Cave" is at about the 2.5 mile mark. If you need to get out of the rain, this is the place to do it. It is totally dry under this huge overhang, which is also an amazing site. I believe this "half way point" is a the place lots of hikers turn around to head back to the trailhead. My recommendation is "don't stop here" there's lots more to see further up the mountain. Near the summit (after passing the Mt LeConte Lodge, the trail that actually takes you to the top of the mountain can be found by following the sign that leads in the direction the Lean to, in other words stay straight. Lots of people follow a trail to the right which leads to the bluffs. You will recognize this lookout because it's hardly big enough for three people. Total distance for this hike was 11.93 miles with a brief side trip at the lodge for lunch. Total time was 4:55. Have fun!

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Laurel Falls Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Started our hike around 11 on a weekday. Found parking about 1/2 mile away along the roadside. Trail was VERY crowded with hikers of all ages and skill levels. Would be an easy trail for older kids, but struggled a bit keeping a 6 year old on task and away from the edge of some very steep dropoffs. Falls themselves were beautiful, but overwhelmed by the masses of people looking for photo-ops. Tried to find a climb down to swim a bit in the pools, but much too steep for a small child, so we opted against. Didnt attempt the walk further up to the tower. Walk back down around 2 was considerably less congested and much more pleasant.

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Raccoon Mountain
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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Burgess Falls Trail
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13 Completed 9 Reviews

Absolutely beautiful! Not one single complaint. We took the fur babies, hiked the trail, stood in awe of the falls and swam :)

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Blue Heron Loop Trail
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14 Completed 5 Reviews

Beautiful moderate trail. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR CLIMBING IN BIG SOUTH FORK, THIS IS WHERE YOU WANT TO BE. There are roughly 30-40 routes ranging (from what seems to be and what i have found on rockclimbing.com) 5.10 - 5-11.b

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Burgess Falls Trail
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27 Completed 3 Reviews

Amazing. We had about three inches of rain the day before so the falls were powerful. Rocks were slick, though! Be careful! I don't quite understand why parents would carry children down to the base as it can be dangerous but it's apparently possible. So, if you have kids, bring them! Just be careful. Has to be the best waterfall in TN, Fall Creek Falls notwithstanding!

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Melton Hill Reservoir Trail
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20 Completed 7 Reviews

Just a short hike 0.8 miles each way, I would call it a short cut through the woods instead of a trail because it leads to the observation area which has access via car as well. Only positive to the trail was I saw 5 deer..

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Old Stone Fort Loop Trail
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4 Completed 1 Reviews

This was my first hike and now I am addicted. This place was amazing and by far the best I have been to with my short resume. The scenery was amazing and I can't wait to go back.

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Dry Ridge Trail
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8 Completed 2 Reviews

Surprisingly challenging trail for this part of the country. Would have given it another star but the board walk that crosses a swampy area had sunk into the lake and I stepped in a nest of cottonmouths. Not very well maintained. Scenery varies from swamps to hilltops. Would like to do it again in cooler non-snake weather but have to avoid the hunters that are allowed in one corner of the park.

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Bluff Trail
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14 Completed 10 Reviews

Been doing this hike since I went to school there in 1972. Sunset rock can be amazing at the right times. Point park and Cravens House are history still. Covenant was an old hotel converted to a Reformed Presbyterian school. One of my alma maters.

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