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This was one of the most beautiful hikes to date.. I highly recommend it but be ready, We did it in 4 hrs but well worth it!!!

Love driving this motor trail. There’s so much scenery and places to pull over to walk around and see the waterfalls and a few old historical buildings. Also Ely’s Mill at the end is a must visit.

AWESOME TRAIL! The Alum Cave makes a great, scenic half-way point to sit and rest or eat. The second half is way more strenuous, but SO MUCH FUN! Even though it was foggy at the top, the lodge was a joy and the hot chocolate was pleasant. Looking forward to doing this one again.

Great hike! We hiked it with our young children and got to see two bears!

This was our second time taking this trail up to the lodge. Beautiful trail and the views at the top are amazing. Unfortunately on this trip at the top the fog and clouds were socked in. Still worth the journey up there.

This trail was beautiful! We hiked to the bluffs and the view there was fantastic! The scenery, bridges, arch and so much more made this trail very interesting. Something different at every turn. Will do this one again.

Amazing hike. Nice seeing the different types of plants as the elevation changes. Leconte is awesome! We saw a large black bear driving there early in the morning as well. it poured half the trip but it was still 100% worth it.

on Grotto Falls Trail

hiking
4 days ago

The day I went it was super muddy and slippery so definitely be careful coming back down!

THIS IS A MUST SEE TRAIL. One of the best views I’ve ever seen the whole way up. Every .25miles you have an amazing view whether it’s an overlook, a cave, a natural waterfall formed by the constant stream, or the huge cave opening. Highly highly recommend this one.

Great drive through GSM.

That said, I’d avoid this during busy times...

Nice hike, great double falls at the top. Parking is sparse so go early.

This trail is awesome! I hiked it on 8/2/18 and already want to hike it again. We got there early morning around 8 am and saw no one else on the trip up. The arch was really cool and the the cave was not what I thought it would look like but loved it. It rained our whole hike so being under the cave overhand was a nice dry break. The best part are the bluffs. Make sure you make it at least that far. Even in the storm the views are spectacular.

hiking
8 days ago

longer than it feels. many roots. parking is bare and may hike further to the t.h. than on the hike. go early

on Devil's Racetrack

hiking
8 days ago

I underestimated this hike. We went in from the opposite end of Triple Falls, so we saw the Falls on the last part of our hike. The interstate noise is awful. I had read other reviews stating the same. But it isn’t a deterrent for the view once you reach the top. It’s gorgeous. We went in the beginning of August and it was really warm. Don’t forget to pack enough water (I quickly used up my 2L). All in all, really good hike. There is a lot of uphill once you get close to the top (duh) but it’s gradual and definitely possible. And for those of you who like to geocache, there are two on this trail.

Started just before sunrise to avoid the crowds, definitely worth it as we got to the top in just under 3 hours, a gorgeous view all to ourselves!

Started out to do half of the Trail, but decided to go a little further after the cave. Next thing we knew we were a mile from the top. Well, you can’t turn back then, right?! So we walked on....just before the lodge, the skies opened in a downpour! No worries, it’s an adventure! Great hike, great views (before the rain!). Definitely strenuous but doable. Go for it!

Beautiful forest, well-marked trail. Very peaceful, and the hills were enough to get my blood pumping.

Excellent views and beautiful day to hike! Upper to middle 70's for temp. Trail is moderate with tree cover most of the first 2 miles with the river along the way and easy to follow to the first amazing view of Alum Cave then on to the Alum Bluffs you will definitely see and feel the intensity as you go forward to the top at LeConte Lodge. I could feel it two days later in my quads and calves. I am so glad I made it up and back with no issues. Highly recommend hiking poles, hydration and protein snacks. Enjoy!!

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful! Resident bear encountered. Can’t wait to go, again!

Easy hike, cool views. Only downside was it was horribly crowded and had to park a mile away

Beautifully kept trail and stunning views. Mileage is pretty accurate, at least per our GPS trackers. Definitely a difficult trail, but not crazy hard. Steady incline the whole way, without many overly steep inclines. Wire assists in areas with really rocky terrain/close to the cliff side.
We’re 3 early 30s women in ok shape and it took us about 3.5 hours to summit and about 2.5 to come down- this with some stops to have some granola bars and take in all the stunning views.
The bagged lunch at the top was pretty solid, good mix of fruit, protein and carbs.
Definitely wear hiking boots with good traction , much of the trail is jagged rock and is wet even on a sunny day. Ankles take a beating.Hiking sticks are a big help on the way down as well.

Overall it’s a stunning trail, definitely
Recommend!!!

We hiked this trail down from Mount LeConte in late July. Temps were in the mid-60s. Butterflies, wildflowers, breathtaking views, well-maintained trail...the total package! Glad we hiked down instead of up; my tired old legs would have been like spaghetti if we’d hiked TO LeConte on this trail! Haha!

I'm giving the trail 3 stars because I'm unsure if I'm just being bitter. I was already pretty annoyed for having to park about a mile down the mountain from the trailhead because there were so many cars but I wanted to do the hike so no worries. I thought the waterfall was mediocre and over crowded and I was disappointed there were no mountain views. However, I travelled here from Pennsylvania and was extremely excited to hike the iconic smokey mountains and this was my first hike and I was just disappointed, I remember thinking I'd rather be home hiking for a large portion of the time. Again, I might just be bitter! I loved the plants and wild life; many lovely ferns, mosses and butterflies!!

Pretty tough but well worth it! Has a little bit of everything, can't ask for much more.

Beautiful hike! So glad we did it!

Great hike,lots of excitement going up with some tight spots,and the 20s and 30s minutes walks with nobody else but the ones on your group hiking and always beware of wild life,the VIEWS are breathtaking, unfortunately when we got to the top it was foggy,but up there they have a little "village" and lamas they use to carry stuff down for the people that stay up there.. we did the hike with 2 kids one of 11 and one of 6 at the time last year,boy and girl,it was our second hike,it was hard,they never gave up and went all the way,so proud of them,you will enjoy it but it is hard unless you are prepared or are determined and just go. Enjoy. One last word for the people that made the trail so safe and well done,great job.

Great hike this morning. This was my first hike ever and I’m looking forward to going on more.

I’ve never hiked a trail where so much work went into making the trail safe and easy to follow. The park does an incredible job. There are a couple of river crossings that require you walk across a log and there are hand rails. Everywhere the trail gets narrow or slippery, they’ve attached a steel cable to the rock face that you can grab onto. I’m an out of shape 55 year old and I reached the summit in 5 hours and made it back to my car in 2:30. Really felt the elevation going up. Didn’t expect to be so short of breath, but it is 1500 feet higher than Denver at the top.

hiking
15 days ago

This was a great hike, with a neat waterfall at the end. If you want to avoid a crowd, don’t go in the middle of a beautiful weekend day, like we did.

This trail succeeds on all levels with diverse terrain, challenging, and stunning scenery. MAKE SURE you have PROPER hiking footwear. This is not a beginner's trail. Mt Le Conte Lodge is a cool site to see but the views are on the other side, on the Cliff Tops (0.1 from Lodge). Expect moderate to heavy traffic on weekends. Bring plenty of water. Lodge offers snacks for purchase. Great trail overall!!

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