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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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Ragland Bottoms Campground
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

This review is for the Ole Red Trail or whatever it is called. It goes up a stone-paved incline (I thought it would be slick, but it wasn't too bad) then splits right and left to two different overlooks (?). We cut right. The trail is NOT well kept -- there was nearly impassable deadfall in one place and a lot of other deadfall to climb over. The trail is not long but it is sharply inclined. Once at the top of the ridge, there is a platform constructed at the "overlook" but it has not been maintained and when we went in mid-September it was possible to see that there was a lake and marina there, but not much more. Terribly disappointing. The bathrooms were locked and inaccessible and there were no trash cans where we could dispose of the trash we picked up off the trail to carry out with us. All in all, not recommended when there are leaves on the trees, but if the overview is correct it's not open when there aren't leaves on the trees.

The campground itself looked fairly nice, but we did not stay overnight so I can't really say. If you're looking for a nice hike/overlook, definitely look elsewhere.

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Stone Door Trail
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15 Completed 9 Reviews

Great trail. Many options for how far you can go. Stone Door Campground is nice. It is a little way from the parking lot, but do not think that it will be deserted because of it. There were many other groups there. If you like privacy, go ahead and pack out to the Alum Gap (about 3 miles from the parking area). If you do pack out, be sure that you take water, since the natural water is hard to access. We will definitely return to hike more of the trail. Laurel Trail and Big Creek Rim make a loop that is about 7 miles of moderate difficulty hiking and striking scenery. Enjoy!

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Little River
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

pretty easy hike. a campsite was closed due to aggressive bear activity. campsite 21 is great but wood for a fire is scarce. big open area, great for multiple tents and perfect trees for hammocks

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Virgin Falls Trail
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14 Completed 3 Reviews

This is one of my favorite hikes. I have done this one several times. There are so many beautiful waterfalls and views on this trail that you do not have to do the whole trail to enjoy this area. If you can make it all the way to the big water fall at the end this one is amazing! I try to find hikes I can take my dog on and this one was great. The rocky areas are a little hard to keep a dog on a lease with out you or them possible getting hurt so you may have to let them off for a few rocky areas if at all possible

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Conasauga Falls Trail
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14 Completed 3 Reviews

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Laurel-Snow Trail
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14 Completed 3 Reviews

Beautiful areas all on this trail. You do not have to do the complete hike to see some amazing falls and swimming holes. Getting to the main waterfall is a difficult climb however it was worth the effort. I did take my dog and the rocky areas are a little hard to keep a dog on a lease with out you or them possible getting hurt so you may have to let them off for a few rocky areas if at all possible. Directions on this site were so wrong and did not even take you to the area.

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Twin Forks Trail
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9 Completed 6 Reviews

Zero elevation change, nothing interesting to see except an abandoned rec area. Wouldn't do this one again.

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Buggytop Trail and Sewanee Natural Bridge
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Great tray! We went on a hike with the Friends of South Cumberland and had a ranger guide. We went through the cave. The cave seemed very visited compared to some others that we had been in. The trail was wet, a bit dangerous, but for those who were prepared, it was a blast!

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Fiery Gizzard Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

This was quite a challenging trail! It hadn't rained much in TN until, of course, we went along this trail. Our ascent to Raven Point, where we camped, was a bit dangerous because of a thunderstorm that came through. It was damp and huid the rest of the night, and we were trying to plan our way out if we needed to in the middle of a storm that night, but didn't need a way out. We ended up going back to the trailhead via the trail on the top of the ridge, instead of south where our other car was due to impending weather the next day.

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Laurel_Falls
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

This is a great trail. I have hiked the long trail and the shorter trail many many many times. It's kind of tough but is really something that I love to do because it's a good work out for the dog and myself. I have recommended this trail to many of my friends and they always come back with a good experience.

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