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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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76 Completed 61 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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76 Completed 61 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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22 Completed 21 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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Rocky Top
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18 Completed 8 Reviews

Unfortunately there was fog once we arrived at the top. We will have to come back and do again. The ascent to Rocky Top after reaching the App Trail was extremely challenging. It took us about 7 hours round trip.

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Abrams Falls Trail
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8 Completed 1 Reviews

I used the iOS app for the first time to track this trail and got some unusual results. According to the track both the browser version and the iOS app listed the distance we traveled as 5,881.06 miles. The map actually showed us ending up off the coast of Western Africa. According to the iOS app the total time traveled was 392,850:40, while the browser version of the track lists the time as 18:43:04, with a moving time of 2:00:05. The browser version also listed an average speed of 2,938.49 mph, while the iOS app listed no average speed, but both listed a maximum speed of 4.5 mph. In reality, it was about a 5 mile round-trip that took about 3 hours. Can anyone advise as to what happened with the tracking feature to result in such outrageous results and discrepancies?

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Meigs Creek Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Late October was a great time to go. The hardest part is crossing the creek 4 times.

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Rocky Top
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10 Completed 1 Reviews

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Spruce Flats Falls and Chestnut Top Wildflowers
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20 Completed 3 Reviews

For this being such a short hike, it really gives you a good cardio workout. Several places along the trail gives you great views of the mountains and the fall colors. The falls at the end were great too. Definitely worth doing.

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Cades Cove
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

All the old cabins, the wildlife, the view, it was all so incredible. Definitely worth getting up at 4am, we started the drive at around 7am and finished around 3pm. We stopped to look at every cabin and cemetery, it's a really neat glimpse into life in the old days. We saw a black bear but of course we all forgot our cameras. Seeing the sun rise above the mountain and the bear was the best parts of the trip. I would go back anytime but now I know the earlier you get there the better because by noon is was bumper to bumper traffic.

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