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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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Virgin Falls Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Excellent Hike! As advertised.... Will be back!

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Polly Branch Falls Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Is this a dog friendly trail?

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Short Loop
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

My husband and I are in our mid 40s. We did this little hike with our 3 year old and 7 year old grand kids. They both walked the whole way, including the 3 year old. There are a few tree roots on the path and small inclines. the trail is clearly marked and well maintained. It took us about 1 hour. We went in February after the heavy snow and it was beautiful. The park gates automatically close at sunset. There was a cave at the entrance/exit, but it was closed. The kids still had a good time playing in front of the cave. Not too busy, we saw 5 other people. Dogs are welcome, so our great dane had a blast. This is a good introductory hike.

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Alum Cave Bluffs Trail
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43 Completed 7 Reviews

I went into this trail only expecting to make it to Alum Cave but once I'd made it that far I couldn't stop. The lower half of the trail is beautiful and green with water streaming by. Past Alum Cave is where the level of difficulty really sets in. There is one part that is really narrow and it is like you're just climbing straight up for a mile. Once you're past that part though the trail levels out more and you walk through some awesome tree paths. AND there is coffee and food at the top, so just remember that. The way back down is really easy since it is all downhill. Just power through and make it to the top. The view is WORTH it. There were deer roaming around, cute cabins, porch rocking chairs to sit on and look out over the Smokies.

If you want to have time to explore at the top or to recoup, book one of the cabins well in advance.

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Abrams Falls Trail
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43 Completed 7 Reviews

This hike is one of my favorite in the Smokies. There are no great mountain views but the waterfall at the end is really nice. It is great for most skill levels and the more advanced hiker will enjoy being able to climb on top of the falls at the end. During the summer bring your bathing suit!

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Laurel Falls Trail
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43 Completed 7 Reviews

My family and I do this hike every year. We have a wide variety of hiking levels from beginner to advanced and this trail works well for all involved. It isn't too boring for the advanced hikers and the payoff at the end is enjoyable. The more out of shape/elderly also have a great time. I've done the hike in every season and it is always beautiful.

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Bryant Grove Trail
by Christopher Aiken

10 Completed 4 Reviews

One of my local favorites for a 3 hour hike. Pack a lunch and enjoy at the picnic tables at the turnaround.

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Burgess Falls Trail
by Christopher Aiken

10 Completed 4 Reviews

Discovered this trail by accident just following the signs from I-40. It's short but the trail and waterfalls are fabulous. Anyone driving through Tennessee should check it out!

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Drakes Creek Park South
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

I use this path pretty regularly (couple times a month) as it is right next to my nearest dog park. It's a decent little path that I generally repeat 3-5 times on a run.

Pros: Nice waterside walk, very easy, dog park nearby, easy access

Cons: You aren't allowed to bike on half of the loop, so the information isn't entirely accurate, heavily used by slow walkers so it isn't the greatest for running during peak times, small section near a large "duck feeding" area, so many children/elderly to watch out for.

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Bledsoe Creek State Park Loop Trail
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

I use this as "home field" trail run. The distance is perfect (5k, usually run twice for a 10k) and the difficulty is spot on. Like the previous reviews, I recommend clockwise, especially for a more challenging run. You get a long stretch of flat trail along the shoreline and then a good series of inclines after you cross the road. If you head counter-clockwise, you'll get the one very steep climb that you certainly must drudge up, slowing down your run, and then you basically just get to run downhill/flat areas (besides two-three small inclines). Also, I find the very steep downhill to be good practice.

As for the comments about the state of disrepair, these are simply out of date. There has been a lot of restoration in the last year and there is currently a pretty large construction project going on at the park.

Even in the warm months, usage is pretty low because of the location in NE Galatin, so I never feel like it is crowded. I run many trails around the Nashville area and definitely love the escape that Bledsoe offers over the likes of popular parks like the Warners.

Large rainfall certainly hurts the experience, as there will be quite a bit of mud, along with flooded trail along the shoreline, so plan accordingly (for me that means my water-resistant trail runners).

Overall, this is quite simply my favorite trail run in the Nashville area and I recommend it to anyone looking for a good hike/run.

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