Alum Cave Bluffs Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, TN that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Even though Alum Cave trailhead has more parking places than most other trails in the park, it also fills up faster than most. Show up at noon and you'll be looking for a spot along the road, some distance from the trailhead.
What a great hike! Amazing views and awesome surprises around every corner. Beautiful.
Nice out and back trail. We went on Thanksgiving weekend and were very impressed. Very obvious of the upgrades including new bridges and staircases throughout the trail. Be ready for a good uphill climb starting at mile one but well worth the view at the top. We got to the top just in time before the smokey clouds overtook the view. Chimney top mountain's fire kept a slight campfire smell across the second half of the trial today but the smoke was not terribly bad. For sure a trail for your Smokey bucket list.
Due to a delayed departure time and slower hiking because of sciatic nerve issues, we didn't get up to Le Conte this time. However, this was a really cool trail! The first stretch borders a river which still had water surprisingly as big of a drought as we are in right now. The construction is going very well; lots of steps have been made to allow for easier, safer hiking. This is a very "touristy" hike, but you still get your share of nature and marveling of different landmarks on the trail (Arch Rock, Alum Cave, all the nature-inspired bridges build across waterways). This trail isn't strenuous at all, but do make sure to wear proper hiking clothes and shoes; bring enough water and food as well.
About an Hour hike to Alum Cave if your in it for the beautiful paths you cross, lots of gorgeous scenes on the way there.