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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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Spruce Flats Falls and Chestnut Top Wildflowers
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8 Completed 2 Reviews

This trail is narrow with lots of rocks and roots but it is a fun hike. Boots are helpful but my wife and kids hiked it in shoes and had no problems. The waterfall is beautiful and definitely worth the hike. The descent to the falls is fairly steep and the rocks at the bottom are slick. We met a few people on the trail but it is not crowded like other trails in the Smokey Mountains. Overall a wonderful trail, one I would love to do again.

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Abrams Falls Trail
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8 Completed 2 Reviews

This is a wide (mostly), well maintained trail which is good because you will meet other people. As others mentioned there are three ridges to go over to get to the falls, so that means you get to go over them again to get back to the parking lot. Other than the three climbs the trail is fairly flat. There are some slick rocks as you get closer to the falls and a few small log bridges (with a handrail) that crosses other streams. It is a family friendly hike but make sure you take plenty of water and snacks. Also, you do want to get there early because it does get crowded. There is a good amount of parking and restrooms in the parking lot.

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Middle Prong Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Giving this a five because it is such a beautiful walk along the river. Not terribly difficult or strenuous, just a slight incline all the way up, making the way back all downhill. The trail is wide, and was almost empty when we went. We passed maybe 4 groups on the trail. Very different experience than the other more crowded hikes off cades cove. The trailhead was easy to find with plenty of parking. The hike itself follows the river with plenty of beautiful side paths for more of a challenge and some photo ops. There were even a couple of nice swimming holes if you love freezing cold water. We saw lots of horse poop, a lot of loose rocks, snails, butterflies, and crazy prehistoric looking centipedes. Only complaint was the amount of deer flies and their relentless pestering. Bring a hat or head scarf to avoid the brunt of their torment. Don't forget water and pack a lunch. It takes longer than you would think.

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Abrams Falls Trail
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7 Completed 5 Reviews

The 2.5 mile hike out to Abrams Falls is a moderate hike with 3 ridgelines to climb on the way to the falls. The top of the second ridge line is the halfway point. If you get there without any problem, you have it made. Here is a bit of advise, start early to get to the falls before it got too crowded. This is one of the most visited waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is also ranked as one of the most dangerous trails in the USA by Backpacker magazine. Five deaths and numerous injuries have happened at this waterfall. If you are careful on the very slick rocks at the base of the falls, all should be okay, If you have any doubts if you can safely navigate the slick rocks, stay off of them. You will still get great views of the falls. To get to the trailhead, you have to travel on the Cades Cove loop road. Traffic is heavy during the Summer and Fall. Also the road is closed to vehicle traffic until 10:00 AM on Wednesdays and Saturdays from late Spring until early Fall to allow hikers and bicyclists use of the road without fear of traffic.

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Lynn Camp Prong Trail
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14 Completed 13 Reviews

This is a nice trail with Campsite #28 near the middle. Look out for horse poop and horseflies! It's uphill all the way approaching from the west, but then downhill on the return trip (if you go out the same way you came in). Just a small portion of Lynn Camp Prong shows up on the Google map above. Follow the link to the official trail map of the park or look on Google Earth.

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Campsite #28
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14 Completed 13 Reviews

This is a nice campsite. I was there on 6/29/14, just after a light rain. The area around the fire pit was very muddy, but the site has plenty of high ground to set up your tent and stay dry. There is a fire ring, but it needed cleaned out. Someone had left some trash, but we packed it out with us. The site has permanent hoists to hang your gear out of bear range. A stream runs close by to refresh and refill your water. Note that all overnight stays require reservations and a permit. We approached Campsite #28 headed south along Middle Prong and then east on Lynn Camp Prong. It's a good site for a quick lunch and rest. Look out for horse poop, though!

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Middle Prong Trail
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14 Completed 13 Reviews

This is a very nice trail that runs along the Middle Prong stream from the Great Smokey Mountains Institute at Tremont to the trailhead of Greenbrier Ridge Trail. It follows an historical logging road for most of the way and includes several interesting side trails with artifacts to explore. It also has a short detour to Indian Flats Falls - a very nice site to visit. Horses can (and do) use this trail, so there's plenty of horse poop to dodge, making this trail very educational for those who don't watch where they are going. One big downside of this trail is that it has lots of horseflies. They will irritate you the entire time and aren't bothered a bit by the natural insect repellent that I was using. It is still worth the trip, though.

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Indian Flats Falls
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14 Completed 13 Reviews

Another review mentions that this trail is not marked. There is a very good reason for that: Indian Flats Falls is not a trail unto itself, but rather a short side attraction along the Middle Prong Trail. Note all of the tracks on this page for Indian Flats Falls are actually tracks of Middle Prong! The falls themselves are very nice and well worth the detour. Follow Middle Prong to a slightly obscure side trail at 35.59324 N 083.63224 W. The falls themselves are about 1,000 yards down this side trail at 35.59254 N 083.63278 W. When I visited on 6/29/14, this side trail was rocky, muddy, washed out, overgrown, and full of insects. Although short, you need to use caution on the descent to the falls and the ascent back to the main trail. I would not recommend it for small children. Nevertheless, this is a nice detour and Indian Flats Falls should not be missed!

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Tremont Logging History Auto Tour
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14 Completed 13 Reviews

This is a very nice drive along an historic site on the way to the trailhead of the Middle Prong Trail. There are plenty of spots to pull off and enjoy the stream. The guide brochure is very informative. You can drive, walk, bike, or ride a horse. Park at the cul-de-sac at the trailhead end and do some walking in the woods. It's very enjoyable.

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Gregory Bald
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9 Completed 8 Reviews

Oh. My. Gosh. This trail was HARD but so worth it! Over 11 miles round trip, and according to hikinginthesmokys.com, 3020ft elevation gain! The hike up is very, very strenuous but offers beautiful scenery. Part of the way up you are hiking beside water and even when you can't see it, you can hear it. The closer we got to the intersection we heard tales of bears hanging around. We didn't see any on the way but did see one and a cub or
Two on the way down. The view is unlike anything I have ever seen. You can see all of Cade's cove, blueberries, and azaleas. We were a little too late to see the azaleas at their peak but was beautiful nonetheless. Highly recommend this hike. Being fairly inexperienced still and way out shape it took 5.5 hours to reach the top with roughly 30 minutes of that breaking for snacks and rest. Will do again in the future.

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