Alum Cave Trail
Explore the Smokies Iconic Cave Bluffs Towering 80 feet
Explore the iconic Alum Cave Bluffs nestled deep in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Located 30 minutes from the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Cherokee, this trail can be found on the Tennessee side of the Smokies. Follow US 441 Newfound Gap Road for 20-Miles. After crossing into Tennessee, the trailhead is typically lined with parked cars so we recommend starting the day early or hiking on a weekday. This hike is considered moderate in difficulty and ascends 1,125 feet over a 4.4-mile round trip. Follow the Alum Cave Trail’s well marked and maintained trail and about 1.3-miles in, you’ll get to walk through the prominent landmark of Arch Rock. Continue on to witness the sweeping views of the Anakeesta Ridge to your left and once you make it to the cave bluffs, their towering grandeur will greet you to the right about 2.2 miles in.
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