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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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Rainbow Falls Trail
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1 Completed 0 Reviews

Had a great hike but fell on the ice and broke my arm... Still beautiful seeing the falls frozen. I'm sure we will go again, but not when the trail is iced over!!

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Cedar Forest Trail
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11 Completed 4 Reviews

This trail is only 2 miles but the hike was enjoyable. The trees are cedar and smell so wonderful; it really adds to the experience. There are a few beautiful open areas with trees spread several feet apart to help see the surroundings area nicely. Do note there is a neighborhood at the trail's beginning and the first approach is rocky. So, don't be scared off or judge the entire trail based of how it starts. Enjoy!

Tip: There is a 5 mile trail in the same park. Do that trail first to get in a nice walk/hike and get your step count up and finish off on this Cedar Forest Trail...the scenery on the 5 mile trail (Hidden Springs) isn't as nice.

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Hidden Springs Trail
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11 Completed 4 Reviews

This trail is about 5 miles and it's not perfect. However, if you just want a flat trail to walk or hike, you could do worse. The trails are marked by white paint but the trail does tend to mud very easily, even when rain hasn't touched the area in a week or longer. The scenery is average but at least it's quiet, which is nice. So plan accordingly.

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Hall Bend
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16 Completed 2 Reviews

This is an excellent hike/run trail. It is well maintained and offers good views of the lake. Only one steep incline that looks out across Tellico lake towards the Wind River development.

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Cheeks Bend Bluff View Trail
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5 Completed 1 Reviews

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Narrows of Harpeth Hike Trail
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Nice short walk with a fun waterfall cave at the end. Skipping rocks in the pool at the base is a must!

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Mount Cammerer via Low Gap
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25 Completed 28 Reviews

Hard hike, but totally worth the payoff.

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Bearwaller Gap Hiking Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

We started at Defeated Creek campground with 3 teenagers and a 7 year old and headed to 2 prongs campsite and back out the same way we came in. This trail goes along a lake, and you can hear boats, but when we went, it was not busy. We saw 2 couples on the trail. The first part was downhill mostly, ( a few slippery parts in the mud, we went after a rain) then it leveled off with a few steep areas. We went during the end of March, so we could still see through the trees to the lake, had no problems with bugs- no ticks or mosquitoes. We averaged 1 mile an hour, with the 7 year old and backpacks. We take our time though, enjoy the flowers, trees, and wildlife, stop at the creeks for a sit and let the dogs drink and play in the water. There is a primitive camping area a little over 3 miles in that we stopped at. There was a family there and then us. It was bigger than I thought it would be. There are 6 fire rings w/ cooking grates, several fire pits, a shelter that would be a good place for a hammock tent, and an outhouse, but no toilet paper. There is a covered spring to get water from (filter it), but there was no creek close by to bathe in. (It was a bit cold when we went anyway and there are showers back at Defeated Creek campgrounds). You can wash dishes and such in the little area under the covered spring. The difficult rating is subjective. I definitely thought parts of it were difficult. There are also moderate/easy parts. The last mile up with a pack and tired legs from the day before was difficult for me. Even our great dane just laid down on one of the switchbacks- he was ready for a break! Everyone had a great time. We definitely got a work out and enjoyed the trail.

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Burgess Falls Trail
by J. H.

5 Completed 4 Reviews

The hike over all is not that strenuous for most able bodied hikers or backpackers. Young children definitely require supervision and pets NEED to be kept on a leash as there are some bluffs that could claim a pet with ease. Elderly hikers most likely would not want to hike to the bottom of the falls. as this is by far the most strenuous section of the hike.
The views here are beautiful!

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Alum Cave Bluffs Trail
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51 Completed 3 Reviews

Great diversity of scenery from following a tumbling creek to the bluffs, hiking thru corridors of flowers, narrow paths with ropes to help, to amazing views at the top. One of my favorite hikes anywhere.

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