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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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Abrams Falls Trail
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43 Completed 7 Reviews

This hike is one of my favorite in the Smokies. There are no great mountain views but the waterfall at the end is really nice. It is great for most skill levels and the more advanced hiker will enjoy being able to climb on top of the falls at the end. During the summer bring your bathing suit!

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Abrams Falls Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Nice Hike If You have Nothing Else To Do. Very Crowded On Most Days. 5 Miles Of Pretty Easy Ups And Downs. The Falls Is A Nice Place To Eat Lunch Or Brunch. Get There Early Or You Will Be Bombarded With People :)

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Abrams Falls Trail
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5 Completed 3 Reviews

Family trek two days after Christmas. Bring water, it is 2.5 miles in with several long inclines/declines along the route. Busy trail, as Cades Cove is a huge tourist pull, but if you don't mind fellow tourists on the extra wide trail it will not deter from the beauty of the trail. Several one-way log bridges got the kids pumped up - the climax being the falls at the end of the trail before you turn around and head 2.5 miles back. One thing to keep in mind, there are no bathrooms or garbage cans on the trail itself, so make sure and use the trailhead restroom before you head out. Also, the road into Cades Cove becomes a parking lot on weekends and around holidays - be prepared for a LONG ride back unless you get in/out early. Enjoy the trail! Not technical at all. Some parts are a bit rocky so watch your step!

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Cades Cove
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15 Completed 18 Reviews

Biked the loop on a Saturday before 10am there were no vehicles allowed and it was awesome. They also do not allow vehicles on a certain morning during the week not sure what day. There also a primitive road the comes out in North Carolina that's pretty cool. A lot of preserved history in this park.

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Abrams Falls Trail
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15 Completed 18 Reviews

Rocky trail my feet hurt for days when we finished. It is a busy trail so you never really feel out in nature. Cades Cove traffic is also a pain.

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Cades Cove
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11 Completed 7 Reviews

Drove the loop in May and enjoyed it immensely. Great views throughout the drive and it wasn't terribly crowded. Really enjoyed seeing all the old buildings and getting a glimpse into the lives of the people who settled this valley so long ago!

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Abrams Falls Trail
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79 Completed 62 Reviews

Hit this trail early or it is PACKED. I got down by 9, hiked on to Hannah Mountain and came back by about 2pm. I was amazed at the amount of people there - and amazed that some people were actually hiking in flip flops or boots with a heel.

Pleased that there was not a lot of trash along the trail. There are a few spots that can be muddy/puddled, but not a challenging hike.

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Gregory Bald
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79 Completed 62 Reviews

Had a big storm a week ago, I apparently was the first one up the Ridge trail since then because the only tracks on the snow covered sections of the trail were mine & a bear (was cool! )

There is one stream you have to ford, it was cold, but not bad. Just below knees. Amazed I did not see a single bear (but over 60 different bear scat along the way - took pics of every 3rd one as a joke)

Horses share parts of the trail up to the top, so it can get muddy/slippery.

As others have said, utterly beautiful views (and I had cell service on top!)

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Middle Prong Trail
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26 Completed 25 Reviews

Nice easy trail. This is the second time this year we hiked on this trail. This time we completed it all the way to Indian Flats Falls. It's a very nice location to hike with wide trails and plenty of scenery. Since it so late in the year most of the foliage was missing from the trees but plenty to see. Trail was not crowded and we enjoyed the cold to mild temps. The "off-trail" spur to Indian Flats Falls can be found at the second set of inclining switchbacks. Look for the cairn left behind.

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Cades Cove
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6 Completed 6 Reviews

My husband and I drove the loop for Cade's Cove on probably one of the hottest days we spent in the Smokies. We were very excited, since Cade's Cove is supposed to be one of the better places to see wildlife, but we only saw 3 deer, some chipmunks, and some horses.

We were not disappointed however in the scenery. Cade's Cove is beautiful! It was a very busy day when we went, and since it was so warm we didn't get out and check out the historic buildings, but they were all very neat looking. We did get out to grab some scenic shots of the area, however, and even with all the other cars and people, it was still breathtaking. Definitely worth the trip, but I'd suggest going on a cool day, or early in the morning if you're planning on doing any hiking.

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