Alum Cave Bluffs Trail

MODERATE 47 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1522 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

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.

hiking
14 hours ago

So so so so beautiful. Just awesome.

very nice hike. we started our smoky mountains trip with this one.. a nice warmup hike

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16 days ago

Beautiful

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hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail, the second half is quite hard but well worth it. Took about 2.5 hours with a little break at the top. Arrive early it gets very busy later on. Bathrooms at the bottom of the trail.

1 month ago

easy, might as well summit

1 month ago

Very nice walk next the creek. Aways lots of people.

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2 months ago

Beautiful! Love the creeks and many bridges over them, arch rock and views at cave. Would have kept going to Mt Le Conte if the kids were not with us. Got pretty steep and tiring the last 1/4 mile.

hiking
2 months ago

Views are amazing and you can see the plant life changing as you ascend. Great!

hiking
2 months ago

It is a constant slope to the cave. The last mile to the cave is quite steep but full of stunning views and interesting pit stops. Definitely will work those hiking muscles. In March, it was icy and slick but easily managed. Keep going past the arch rock because the views are so worth every step.