Peregrine Peak Via Alum Cave Bluffs Trail

MODERATE 89 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.

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!

25 days 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.

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1 month ago

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

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2 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.

3 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.

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3 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.

3 months ago

enjoyed this hike

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3 months ago

absolutely beautiful!

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