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Alum Cave Bluffs Trail

Gatlinburg, TN

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Alum Cave Bluffs Trail is a 10.3 mile out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, TN that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from November until November.

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Abrams Falls Trail
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19 Completed 18 Reviews

Great hike. The day was perfect for a winter hike. Temps started in the high 20s. The sun was out all day and warmed up to the 40s. The trail was wet and muddy in places due to the rain earlier in the week. It made some of the creek crossing a little more sketchy. Overall, it is a great trail to hike. I have done little bottoms many times. Abrams falls was running hard due to the rain. Overall a great 10.2 out and back.

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Abrams Falls Trail
by Christopher Billiot

20 Completed 19 Reviews

Moderate trails. Worth the fall views! Also love the mid point where the trail takes a hard right u turn on the ridge. The view of the river from that high up is awesome!

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Chestnut Top/White Oak Sinks
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Great trail with beautiful views on the ridge at the top. Hiked in mid-August.

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Spruce Flats Falls and Honey Cove Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Great hike. We only went to the waterfall and not the Honey Cove trail. With little ones, the terrain is challenging but doable. I needed a hand on a few higher step downs, with the baby pack on. The 2.5 yo hiked by herself up to the falls but rode in the backpack down. t was a good 2.5 hour adventure.

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Bote Mountain Trail
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19 Completed 18 Reviews

Bote mountain is my nemesis. I have been on it several times and is a necessary evil to get to some other trails and the AT. With that being said, I also love this trail. It offers good views and wildflowers. But it is up and only up and very rocky. So be ready for that. I may sound like I don't like this trail but I do. It is a great workout and you really feel like you have accomplished something when you get to the top. Plus at the top is the AT and in close proximity, Rocky Top and Spence Field. It makes for a great day hike or overnighter along one of the many trails that connects to it or at the Spence Field Shelter.

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Turkeypen Ridge and Finely Cane
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19 Completed 18 Reviews

This was part of a larger loop we did. Very nice trail. Nice views and the canopy keeps you out of the sun in the summer. Great for the family vacationing in the area or for anyone wanting to get out on a moderate/easy hike to enjoy the outdoors.

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Crooked Arm Ridge Trail
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19 Completed 18 Reviews

This was part of a loop we did above Cades Cove. The first part of the trail is pretty flat with nice forest views and the waterfall on Crooked Arm creek. Then you go up. A lot of switchbacks but there are spots to take a break and take in the views high above Cades Cove. The views are worth the climb.

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West Prong Trail
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19 Completed 18 Reviews

Awesome hike. Great views and water crossings. Campsite is beautiful and next to a wide streams that our daughters got to play in. We did this trail in the middle of June a few years back. It was in the nineties and part of a longer route we were taking. One thing you need to be aware of is the Hornet-Like bugs that come out of the ground. They are attracted to the LED lights and will come at you. I don't think they sting, they just fly right into you. So more of a irritant then anything else. We stayed overnight. Great day hike or overnighter.

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Anthony Creek Trail
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19 Completed 18 Reviews

This trail is used by horses as well. The climb up can get steep towards the end. The trails is very rocky like most trails around the Cades Cove area. But is has great scenery and foot bridges to cross the stream. There is a great campsite along the trail, but no privacy for using the facilities as the trail goes right above the campsite. I have used this trail as a connector for other hikes.

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Chestnut Top/White Oak Sinks
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19 Completed 18 Reviews

Did this one on Memorial Day weekend to avoid the crowds at the more popular trails. The Mountain Laurel was in bloom and the hike was very pretty. Only ran into one bear. The hike offers up some good views , but most people stop after about a mile and a half once they get past the large mountain laurel population. The climb at the beginning wasn't bad and once you're up on top of the ridge, it is a nice wide dirt path with your normal up and downs and very easy.