Peregrine Peak Via Alum Cave Bluffs Trail is a 4.2 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, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,059 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

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.

5 days ago

This was such a beautiful trail! The first mile or so was fairly moderate, with only a slight incline. After Arch Rock, however, the trail definitely becomes steeper and more strenuous. I would recommend starting the hike early. We started at 9am, and we encountered a few groups on our way up to the bluffs, but it was very busy on our way down the trail! There was a lot of cloud cover at the top of the bluffs, but thankfully some of it cleared off by the time we headed back down the mountain, so we were able to experience both the “smokiness” and great views the Smoky Mountains have to offer!

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17 days ago

This was a great trail! The last part of it was pretty uphill, definitely gives you a burn in your legs and gets that heart rate up! The views at the top are amazing. Photos can’t even do the cave bluffs justice!

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2 months ago

Did this hike yesterday. It had rained very much the night before so alot of slippery areas but what an awesome hike

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2 months ago

This was probably my favorite trail that we hiked! I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and the cave at the top was gorgeous! Made for the perfect spot to enjoy a snack and break. Our group ranged from 6yo-62yo. All had a great time! Kids loved the bridges along the way. Next time we will continue to Mount LeConte for the full experience!

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3 months ago

Amazing trail that will have you climb alongside the river for most of the hike. We complete this hike in less than three hours with 3 kids aged between 5-8 years old. It had rained the day we did it, so there were some slippery parts along the trail when you got to the higher elevation. There is some cable to help guide you over the slippery rocks. There is also a railing on one side of the bridges over the river. There were some great views at the top, even with it being a very cloudy day.

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4 months ago

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6 months ago

Great family hike

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6 months ago

Amazing views, took us about 3.5 hours taking our time. Only complaint is how heavily trafficked it is, but that’s all you can expect from such a pretty trail

10 months 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!

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

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11 months ago

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

Monday, October 09, 2017

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!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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.

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Sunday, September 03, 2017

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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.

Monday, July 17, 2017

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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Monday, July 17, 2017

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.

Monday, July 17, 2017

enjoyed this hike

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

absolutely beautiful!

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Monday, July 10, 2017

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Monday, July 10, 2017

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).

Monday, June 26, 2017

Beautiful. Fairly difficult.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

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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Monday, June 19, 2017

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

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

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.

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Thursday, June 08, 2017

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!

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

So so so so beautiful. Just awesome.

Friday, May 26, 2017

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

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