The Alum Cave Bluff hiking trail in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park can be accessed quite easily. All you do is take the Newfound Gap Road from the Sugarlands Visitor Center, just inside the park entrance from Gatlinburg, TN, about 8.6 miles.

You’ll find two parking areas here, as well as a gravel path that takes you to the grassy patch, which is the trailhead of the Alum Cave Bluff hiking trail, a trail that is 2.3 miles in length. This hike is more difficult than many of the basic ones, and the round trip will take about 2 to 2 ½ hours to complete, while continuing on to LeConte Lodge will require an additional half an hour to an hour to hike. This trail is the best known way to access the Mount LeConte Lodge or the mountain itself.

The Alum Cave Bluff Hiking Trail is rates as a moderately difficult hike, but can be suitable for families if all are in fit condition. You will gain about 2,600 feet in elevation during your hike, ending up at about 6,400 feet when you arrive at Alum Cave Bluff. There are many great things to see once you arrive at Alum Cave Bluff, including Arch Rock, summer storm damage from the summer of 1993, and Inspiration Point. If you follow the hike onward to Mt. LeConte and the Cliff Tops, you’ll find the best views possible on this trail, where anyone can easily be awed by the beauty and grace of mother nature and the great outdoors.

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