Alum Cave Bluffs Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee 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.
The trail is a very pretty winding hike through multiple levels of vegetation including rhododendron groves, spruce forests, mountain laurel hillsides, and fern carpeted glens. It crosses the stream back and forth and ascends through a rock tunnel and some rocky escarpments. The caves bluff is an unusual feature and resting spot. Beware the icicles in winter!
Definitely Worth the hike.
deffinently a hike for beginners, nothing was very steep. the pictures made it look much more thrilling than it was. not so much of a cave, more like a rock you sit under. not a very good over look either, also it was pretty busy even on a rainy day in January
Staying in the area for Christmas, and wanted to hit the trails Christmas Day. This is a great trail, and totally worth the hike. It's not treacherous, and the more challenging areas have cables to help you along. The views along the way, and at the Bluff make the work worth the journey. If you have enough in the tank to get an extra nature reward, the Mt. Leconte summit is up the trail from the Bluff (approx. 2.7mi).
Beautiful trail from start to finish
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.