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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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Albright Grove
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82 Completed 43 Reviews

The trail begins at the trailhead just off Baxter Rd and then follows along an old logging road for 2.7 miles. The the trail quickly becomes very narrow and continues to the Albright Grove Loop. There is a stream crossings with a foot log bridge. If anyone has the time, try counting the rings of some of the old downed trees covered with moss. Hundreds of years old. Some really fantastic old growth forest still remaining along the loop. Lots of wildlife and lots of biodiversity - a naturalists dream indeed.

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Mt Cammerer via Chestnut Branch Trail
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9 Completed 10 Reviews

Excellent views and a unique 'west-coast' style fire tower. This is a very intense hike so be prepared!

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Sutton Ridge Overlook
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

A great trail to do with kids has river crossings with bridges.

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Cabin Flats via Bradley Fork
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56 Completed 11 Reviews

I began trail at Smokemont campground to Bradley fork to Cabin flat trail, aprox. 5.5 mi, not steep but incline all the way. Trail follows nice mountain steam all the way to backcountry campsite #49, nice campsite on river bank, easy access to water and fishing. Note this is close to Cherokee NC not Cosby TN. Also will share trail and campsite with horses.

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Albright Grove
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145 Completed 140 Reviews

Just close your eyes and imagine what the views must once have been here and everything was so green here. So just imagine! It was worth seeing and another bucket list trail by the wayside

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Maddron Bald and Hen Wallow Falls
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145 Completed 140 Reviews

Good hike as part of loop. Falls were so so seen better but still good to get off my bucket list. Some falls further along trail were better so just keep going

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Gabes Mtn Trail/Campsite 34
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145 Completed 140 Reviews

Did this as long day hike looping with Snake Den! Great hike with awesome variety of flowers. Some good views some not so great views

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Mount Cammerer via Low Gap
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8 Completed 8 Reviews

One of the premier climbs of the park.

Been up many times - each one unique. The most memorable trek done so far has been Christmas Day, 2013, with a snow covered trail and no clouds to be seen!

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Snake Den Ridge/AT/Low Gap
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8 Completed 8 Reviews

One of my favorite loops in the park!

I did it in reverse (starting on the Low Gap Trail) because its a shorter climb to the AT. It is a "low gap" though, so you'll continue a moderate climb until making a modest descent down to Camel Gap. From there, its a pretty good climb to the Snake.

It was a cloudless day last January, with a thin layer of snow on the AT. There was a pack of fox or bobcat tracks that accompanied me from the Cosby Knob Shelter all the way to the Maddron Bald Trail. Just me, the trail, the tracks and the sunshine - not a soul around the entire loop!

I've never hiked up the Snake Den - only having gone down it from this loop and once coming from Maddron's Bald. It seems pretty formidable going down, but its been my experience that trails always look more difficult on a descent, than when you're actually going up them. Regardless, its a real calorie chewer! I shot some really cool pics coming in from a sunny, almost spring-like ridge into a winter wonderland hollow - check 'em out!

This is one loop I see myself doing again! The AT is particularly stunning on this section.

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Snake Den Ridge/AT/Low Gap
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145 Completed 140 Reviews

Wonderful hike wild flowers on lower portions of trail. Snake Den has been made out by others as terribly difficult but if you are in decent condition will not be bad. Not a real hard hike with the steepest in the beginning the rest was mostly little ups and downs on the AT. Going down Low Gap was really nice with carpets of wildflower.

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