Peregrine Peak Via Alum Cave Bluffs Trail

MODERATE 99 reviews

Peregrine Peak Via 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
1354 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.

13 days ago

Beautiful trail that begins along a creek, great 'arch' along the way. Easily the best panoramic views in the park at Inspiration point about 2.0 miles in. Alum cave is a few tenths of a mile past that, its huge and so fun to explore! My only complaint, to truly get to Peregrine Peak following this all trail app, you get taken up the side of the mountain away from the main trail and it becomes in-accessible quickly. We turned back but loved the rest of the hike!

23 days ago

Went with a college group with varying experience, everyone enjoyed the hike and nobody had any issues

29 days ago

You go through so many different scenic views and obstacles. Beautiful hike. Well worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome views worth all the stairs and climbing. Take water you will want it.

2 months ago

This is an amazing trail! Our first and probably favorite. So many gorgeous view of the mountains and so neat to see the arch rock and bluffs. Take lots of water! We wanted to go all the way up to Mount LeConte but didn't have enough time before sunset!

2 months ago

We picked a good day I guess, we saw so much wild life we took our time among the trail and ventured off here and there. Check out the stream in a closer view all kinds of living things are there! Hike was slightly strenuous but every few feet there was something to veer off to look at.

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous views abound. The hike goes along a beautiful stream for quite some time. Loved it!

4 months ago

My suggestion would be to either get there early in the day or later in the evening to avoid the big crowds as this is a popular hike. There are two sections of stairs that will make you question your life decisions, but at the top of the second major flight of stairs, you'll be rewarded with a beautiful view at the Cave. Bring your camera as there are so many photo ops along this trail between the river, mini falls, and flowers.

5 months ago

Nice, we'll maintained trail. First part runs alongside a river. Nice views towards the top. The "cave" is a huge rock with plenty of area to rest and relax under.

hiking
5 months ago

Of all of the trails we hiked while in Gatlinburg, this was, hands down, the most beautiful. It was also very difficult. The flora and fauna were so flush and diverse, and being able to walk by the river for most of the trek was amazing. We stopped often to look at the mini-falls and rocks; there are so many places for great, scenic pictures. When we got away from the river, the views were spectacular. Obviously it became progressively more difficult, especially as we got to the top of the bluffs. Even though the trail is difficult, it's still more popular and pretty crowded. Definitely worth the work it took to get to the top, though.

5 months ago

enjoyed this hike

hiking
5 months ago

absolutely beautiful!

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Really cool hike. Incredible views from both just below the bluffs, as well as at the bluffs themselves. My favorite parts were when the trail followed along the stream (more toward the beginning of the trek).

5 months ago

Beautiful. Fairly difficult.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail has it all. great little stream foot bridges, pretty overlooks and the cave at the top is a great little spot to rest.

hiking
5 months ago

From Alum, you can hike 2.7 or so miles to Mt LeConte.

hiking
6 months ago

My favorite hike so far. It has it all. Rushing mountain stream, old hardwood forest, awesome views. We loved the log bridges and walking through the arched rock.

hiking
6 months ago

Loved this hike, right along the rushing river & many bridges to cross. Some of the trail is not very wide, maybe just 2 people at most. The Arch area is pretty cool for photo ops. Then by the time we got up to the Alum Cave Bluff area, Oh my goodness the views were spectacular! And there is where my daughter was proposed marriage to! Wonderful hike!

hiking
6 months ago

So so so so beautiful. Just awesome.

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