Alum Cave Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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  • This trail follows a creek all the way to the arch rock. Unfortunately that's as far as we went this time. There were a lot of reports on Instagram of ice further up so we didn't continue due to being...  more »
  • We hiked in January a couple of days after some snow fall. The weather was warming up to low 50s that day. The snow covered trails were not heavily traveled on our way up on a Saturday, around 11:00 a...  more »
  • Located closer to the Gatlinburg entrance, Alumn Cave is one of the most popular trails in the park! Its get very crowded, very fast so it can be super difficult to find parking. Loved this trail! its...  more »
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  • Uphill the whole way there, but you are rewarded with spectacular views. Start off in old growth forest and end up in the Spruce/Fir forests of the highlands.
  • This is a 3-4 hour hike with 2.5 miles each way. The trail ascends over 1000 feet during the hike but offers great views. Make sure to bring a backpack with supplies.
  • Great hike and wonderful view!

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Inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, choose between developed campgrounds where you can pitch your tent by your car and access restrooms and showers, or more primitive vehicle-accessed campgrounds. The park also offers accommodations in a permanent structure at LeConte Lodge, which is accessible via five different hiking trails. (There is no car access; you must hike in to use this lodge.) For a wider array of lodging options, stay in Gatlinburg. Serving primarily as a resort gateway to the park, the town offers various styles of accommodation, from national chain hotels to mountain lodges to small inns. Most places lie within 8 km (5 mi) of the park's entrance.
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