Alum Cave Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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The quickest route to the Le Conte massif, Alum Cave Trail meanders along a creek, through an old-growth forest of mountain laurel and rhododendron, tracing the edge of a narrow ridge in its final third. This very popular, 4 km (2.5mi) hike passes by many notable landmarks, including Arch Rock and Inspiration Point, a rocky outcrop offering sweeping views of the rugged valley. The narrow tunnel of Arch Rock is considered to be the highlight of this trek. Stop at the LeConte Lodge for a well-deserved respite over a refreshing cup of hot coco before continuing to the summit. Work out when and for how long to visit Alum Cave Trail and other Great Smoky Mountains National Park attractions using our handy Great Smoky Mountains National Park day trip planner.
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  • I see a picture of the steps inside a half cave, that's the iconic picture of the Alum Cave trail, which attracts me to go to hike this trail, that iconic picture is the "Arch rock" which is 1.4 mile....  more
    I see a picture of the steps inside a half cave, that's the iconic picture of the Alum Cave trail, which attracts me to go to hike this trail, that iconic picture is the "Arch rock" which is 1.4 mile....  more »
  • This is an amazing site to see. Get there early as there are many that come who are generally not equipped to make that type of journey. Absolutely amazing to see. 
    This is an amazing site to see. Get there early as there are many that come who are generally not equipped to make that type of journey. Absolutely amazing to see.  more »
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  • So well maintained. Amazing.
  • Worth the hike. The view is amazing.

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