Alum Cave Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

4.9
#4 of 17 in Trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The quickest route to the Le Conte massif, Alum Cave Trail meanders along a creek, through an old-growth forest of mountain laurel and rhododendron, tracing the edge of a narrow ridge in its final third. This very popular, 4 km (2.5mi) hike passes by many notable landmarks, including Arch Rock and Inspiration Point, a rocky outcrop offering sweeping views of the rugged valley. The narrow tunnel of Arch Rock is considered to be the highlight of this trek. Stop at the LeConte Lodge for a well-deserved respite over a refreshing cup of hot coco before continuing to the summit. Work out when and for how long to visit Alum Cave Trail and other Great Smoky Mountains National Park attractions using our handy Great Smoky Mountains National Park day trip planner.
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  • Beautiful hike but the cave itself was disappointing. The hike itself is moderate the first mile and then it’s uphill.  more »
  • We enjoyed our snowy hike on Alum cave trail while visiting Gatlinburg with family friends. Because of the unexpected spring snow, it was overcast and we weren’t able to take advantage of long range v...  more »

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