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Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte

Gatlinburg, TN

Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte is a 10.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, TN that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November.

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Recent Reviews

on Abrams Falls Trail
2 days ago

hiking
17 Completed2 Reviews

on Middle Prong Trail
6 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful hike with numerous falls and cascades full shade


7 days ago

hiking

Short but invigorating nature trail with markers along the way identifying certain trees and a salient detail about said tree. Oddly enough, though the trail is named the Pin Oak Nature Trail, I never saw a marker for any pin oaks. The trail ascends to a high point that is labeled "Overlook" on older topo maps (and follows the general route of what was then called the Vista Trail). The Overlook does provide some views of Cades Cove, but in summer, foliage limits the views. This area is also an excellent place to view wildlife; near this trail (and in the Cades Cove Campground), we saw numerous deer who are somewhat oblivious to humans.

on Abrams Falls Trail
9 days ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Great trail for the family with a great pay off at the falls. The hike back out was a more difficult that going in.

on Middle Prong Trail
14 days ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

This is a fairly easy trail. The turn off for the waterfall is not marked, but it is the only fork in the road.

on Honey Cove Trail Loop to ...
17 days ago

hiking
3 Completed1 Reviews

Trail is a bit rough incline going in to a high point then down hill to the falls. Narrow path footing isn't too bad. I would certainly suggest a walking stick. I didn't have one so picked up a branch to use. I went a bit slower than some people but I am a plus size woman and still accomplished the trail just fine. The water fall at the end is amazing!!! I could have stayed there for hours. The trails was not very crowded (on a week day). We had the falls to ourselves for a good 45 mins or so. It was a much easier hike on the way back out.

on Middle Prong Trail
18 days ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

This is a nice pretty trail along a creek. You pass several small waterfalls on a steady incline the whole way up. Its not hard but it does get steep enough to get some people winded in the last mile.

It's not the kind of trail you can loose your way on, but right near the trailhead there is a fork. On tbe right its a narrow trail and the left is a wide path. Take the path. the trail on the right goes back 3/4 of a mile then dead ends at a creek.

on Rocky Top Trail
19 days ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

The views are spectacular!!! this is my new favorite Smokey Mountain hike. Horses are also allowed here and I ran into some trail riders on my hike. Also, you'll probably run into some AT hikers, since part of the way up runs along the AT. On the way back down, I saw a baby bear! There wasn't a mother around which slightly terrified me, but I kept my distance and it was alright.

on Abrams Falls Trail
20 days ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

Great trail!

on Middle Prong Trail
21 days ago

23 Completed17 Reviews

One of my favorite hikes. Was hoping to cross at Panther Creek, but we went in the winter and couldn't make the river crossing.

on Gregory Ridge Trail to Gr...
24 days ago

hiking
16 Completed17 Reviews

Extremely hard hike. Starts out easy as others have said but becomes incredibly hard with extreme elevation gain. The last bit before the bald was almost too much. Definitely worth it at the end as the bald is a huge and beautiful place to relax with excellent views. Definitely do this hike!

on Abrams Falls Trail
27 days ago

hiking
5 Completed3 Reviews

I enjoyed this trail very much. Some steep areas but also and all a very enjoyable hike. The first half mile or so of the trail shows results from a controlled burn that took place at the end of March 2016 but it does not take away from the beauty of the trail as a whole. The only draw back for me is how crowed the falls area is. many people enjoy swimming in the pool by the falls.

on Lead Cove Trail
28 days ago

hiking
3 Completed3 Reviews

on Honey Cove Trail Loop to ...
28 days ago

hiking
3 Completed2 Reviews

To be a small hike it was amazing. When you get to the end there was a beautiful waterfall. Very nice hike.

on Cades Cove Loop Road
28 days ago

scenic driving
1 Completed1 Reviews

been doing this for 20 years and never gets old. love that there is so much history

on Abrams Falls Trail
29 days ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Strenuous but fun

on Abrams Falls Trail
1 month ago

hiking
3 Completed2 Reviews

It was my very first hike ever and I absolutely loved it. The trail was awesome and the waterfall at the end was a very nice treat. We had lunch at the waterfall and just had s great time. I'm sure I will be back. Can't wait for the next hike!!

on Rocky Top Trail
1 month ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Awesome view of the Smoky Mountains. My son had a blast playing the UT band rendition of "Rocky Top" while standing on the summit.

on Abrams Falls Trail
1 month ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

I've hiked this trail multiple times and keeps me coming back. Great trail!

on Lynn Camp Prong Trail
1 month ago

hiking
-943 Completed7 Reviews

Easy trail but beautiful photo opportunities