Peregrine Peak Via Alum Cave Bluffs Trail

MODERATE 82 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
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.

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29 days 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.

1 month 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.

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1 month 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.

1 month ago

enjoyed this hike

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1 month ago

absolutely beautiful!

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1 month 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).

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1 month ago

Beautiful. Fairly difficult.

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1 month 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.

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1 month ago

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