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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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Rainbow Falls Trail
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4 Completed 1 Reviews

Gorgeous hike! Extremely icy, but to be expected this time of year.

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Rainbow Lake Parking Lot to Edwards Point
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

This is a nice, short hike up on Signal Mountain. It isn't too difficult but there is some elevation change. Not a lot of stairs so it wouldn't be too bad with someone with bad knees. The parking lot is kind of small and can fill up if it's crowded. I haven't actually hiked all the way to Edward's Point because I accidentally got on the wrong trail and had to turn back. Just make sure you have a map or study one really well. I didn't (shame on me). The falls, which is just an old dam, isn't anything amazing but you can sit on the wall at the top of it. I like to have a snack there and enjoy the view. There are plenty of places to hang a hammock up as well.
This is a good trail for dogs. However, if you have a dog that's anything like mine and doesn't like swinging bridges, there is a swinging bridge that you may end up having to carry your dog across. Other than that, it's very dog friendly.

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Cumberland Trail South: Signal Point Mountain
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

I've hiked this trail many times. I haven't completely finished it but so far I've hiked it all the way to Julia Falls. I've climbed down to Julia Falls too. You'll cross many small creeks and can see a few waterfalls if it's been raining. It can be crowded sometimes if it's the first pretty day that area has had in awhile. At the beginning of the trail there's a lookout with an area to picnic and bathrooms I believe. Lots of fun boulders to climb on and many great views of the Tennessee River.
The trail itself is not too difficult for experienced hikers but you are hiking down (and up) a mountain so I wouldn't suggest it for people with knee problems.
It's a great trail for dogs, however, if you're planning on going down to Julia Falls, I wouldn't take your dog. It can be very muddy if it's been raining and you have to use rope to make your way down so it would be hard to hold on to your dog's leash. Also, please use caution with your dog whenever you are by the lookouts. Personally, if I plan on going close to the edge I will tie my dog up somewhere away from the edge because I know that if he/she falls my instinct will be to go after him/her and then that leaves both of us either dead of seriously injured. I'm a "better safe than sorry" kind of person.
I don't rock climb but I know a lot of people and have seen a lot of people climbing there and it seems like it would be a good place.
I plan on backpacking through there for a couple nights so I'll try to update in the future.

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Virgin Falls Trail
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

Definitely top 10 hike. Locals commented on the fact there was more water than normal which made this even more extraordinary! Allow time to enjoy the beauty of the falls.

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Stone Door Trail
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

Started at Stone Door ranger station to Stone Door, Foster Falls, Greeter Falls, took Laurel trial back - next time will forgo Laurel and take the rim back. Looking forward to next trip into the Gulf to Ranger Falls. Great day hike!

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Pocket Wilderness
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

I have hiked this trail many times in the last 2 years whether it's to Laurel Falls, Buzzards Point or Bryan overlook. This trail never disappoints. Most recently the bridge to Laurel falls has been out but there are creative ways around. Start early and enjoy the day exploring this amazing area of East TN.

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Coker Creek Falls Trail
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

First hike of 2015 - enjoyed with a good friend. Hiked to Hiwassee overlook.

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Warner Woods Trail
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3 Completed 4 Reviews

love it!

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Booker T. Washington Trail
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15 Completed 5 Reviews

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Laurel Falls Trail
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8 Completed 7 Reviews

Very easy, but extremely crowded. Best way to go early on the weekdays.

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