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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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Rocky Top
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I loved it for the most part. I definitely would do this hike all over again but only in the fall or early spring. The problem with hiking it in the summer/late spring is all the constant storms and ridiculous humidity. It made it too hard to see anything at the peak because of the thick clouds from all the rain fall that day. This hike is also very mentally challenging after a certain point, it feels as if it's a never ending mountain!

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Abrams Falls Trail
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14 Completed 9 Reviews

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Lead Cove and Finley Cane
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

The specific hike we took included a portion of FInley Cane, Bote Mtn and Lead Cove. It was a really great hike given the diversity of the trails. Finley Cane was in great shape, easy grade and some fabulous mushrooms! One bear was spotted. We then intersected with Bote Mtn Trail which was about a 2.5 pull up a reasonably step grade, not sure but prob a ~1000 ft elevation gain in about 2.5 miles. Came across 2 very large Timber Rattlers...these Timbers are amazing in their girth..big snakes!! We then returned to the trailhead via Lead Cove Trail. Some really beautiful old growth forestation at the higher elevation of Lead Cove...this was a steep trail, it would surely be makred strenuous if we were coming up trail. Overall, this set of trails presents a great opportunity to see the diversity of the Smokies and take in some really interesting wildlife.

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Cades Cove
by Nicole Strickhouser

4 Completed 2 Reviews

We biked this loop on a Saturday morning when cars are not allowed on until 10 am. It took us about 3 hours to complete the 11 miles, with stops at all of the historic sites. We began the ride at about 7:45 and we were able to finish before any cars passed us. We brought our own bikes, but rentals are available at the Cades Cove Campground. The loop has a lot more ups and downs then I expected and I had to walk my bike up several of the hills. Totally worth it, though!

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Spruce Flats Falls and Honey Cove
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

This was our first hiking excursion in awhile. The hike is 1 mile in and 1 mile out. The mile in was more strenuous than the return. Even though it is prime season and crowded elsewhere, we actually had the falls to ourselves for 45 minutes! The trail is somewhat rocky, wet, and root filled (not easy, not hard). The falls were worth the walk without a doubt! The only problem we had was actually finding the beginning of the trail. (We drove right past it). Once on the trail, the signage is sufficient. We would definitely recommend this trail.

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Abrams Falls Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Great hike. Not very difficult. Definitely worth hiking all the way to the falls.

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Middle Prong Trail
by Marc Schare

4 Completed 4 Reviews

This is an outstanding trail for beginners who like to see waterfalls and cascades. There are waterfalls and cascades practically the whole first 2 miles. This is definitely a "journey trail" as opposed to a "destination trail" since all of the highlights on the trail are during the journey and the end of the trail is just marked by a sign leading you off to different trails. No vistas, no views, just a sign at the end. Feel free to skip the last mile or so since the scenery doesn't really warrant the effort unless you're taking a different trail back. The slope is very mild and there are lots and lots of places to just admire Gods handywork. The trail is very well maintained. The only problem I had was in parking - the lot was full when I arrived at 1pm.

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Abrams Falls Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Was beautiful could run it fairly easy and enjoyed the waterfall.

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Spruce Flats Falls and Honey Cove
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7 Completed 3 Reviews

This was a great hike, 2 miles round trip. It is listed as moderate-difficult and there were definitely parts of the trail that were rocky, steep, and wet. That being said, our 3 year old hiked most of the way without any problem. The views are beautiful and you can hear the falls for a good portion of the hike. It was not crowded at all. The Spruce Flat Falls were absolutely beautiful. Our boys (ages 3,6,8) got in the water and waded around and even went right up to the falls. We probably stayed at the falls for an hour and only saw 2 other groups of hikers. I would highly recommend.

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Cades Cove
by Kristel Cronin

2 Completed 2 Reviews

Beautiful loop to drive bike or hike. Camp ground nearby and some side roads to test your off road skills. All kinds of wild life. Moderate difficulty bike ride.

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