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Great views. We left at sunrise and it took 7 hours total with an hour stop at the lodge for lunch. We went the extra .2 miles after the lodge to the cliff tops as well. Go as early as you can. The trail becomes a madhouse if you don't get on before 8 or 9 and the parking will fill up as well. Me and my wife did 8-10 p90x leg workouts the month before we went and we were still pretty sore after this one. Well worth it though. It's 10-15 degrees cooler at the top so plan for that as well.

Great Views at the Bunion. A few slippery rocks here and there, but no big deal for anyone with decent footing. Saw a lot of people with tennis shoes on, but I wouldn't do that. The trail to the jump off is clearly marked and extremely close to the Boulevard split. Just take the left to Boulevard and notice the sign, step up the rocks to the right of the sign and the trail is right there.

To truly complete this hike and reach the peak of the mountain you need to take the Cliffs trail for another .25 miles past the lodge. That being said this hike is strenuous and should not be done by people not in shape. It's a steady climb in elevation from the start until you turn back. Honestly for most people just going to the Alum cave and back would be enough. Only the avid hiker will get any enjoyment of doing the full hike. After Alum Cave the hike continues climbing up steadily and is kind of boring.

An amazing hike with awesome 360 views. My wife and I will be back to hike it again in the Fall. Can not wait!!

scenic driving
2 days ago

Cades Cove is so worth the trip from Gatlinburg Tn. It is about a 1 hour drive one way. Don't let the time scare you off, it was well worth the trip. We saw 2 mama black bears, and 7 cubs. Several deer, a lot of turkeys. There are a lot of lay overs if you want to stop and look at the mountains, fields, historic sites and old time cabins. There is also a small welcome center about mile 6 of the loop. I will be doing this drive again, but will plan on walking some of the many trails. Enjoy it.

This has to the best and most beautiful camp in the Park.

horseback riding
2 days ago

Poor view and too much poop. The actual hike is pretty but not worth the trouble.

Need to hike in the early morning if you want great views! By 11 it was pouring, and the rest of the day was foggy due to the rain.

This was an Epic Hike! Not only did I Beast 11miles with an elevation gain of 3,000ft

Such a wonderful experience hiking this trail!