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This is the namesake of Alum Cave Trail. Alum Cave is less a cave and more a bluff about 80 ft tall and over 500 ft long. The cave was mined up until the end of the Civil War and the minerals extracted were epsom salt, saltpeter, and alum to name a few. This is definitely something one should put on their checklist when visiting the Smoky Mountains.

Half-Day Hike: The trail leading to Alum Cave has recently been restored, making it a relatively easy 2.2 hike up to the bluffs.

Family Friendly: The trail leading to the bluffs passes Inspiration Point, and the size of the bluffs is sure to make kids stare in awe.

Gem Type: Geologic Feature

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Ramoun Cabuhay
Kimberly McCaslin
Asheville
Kimberly McCaslin   Asheville
Amazing hike even in the rain all the way up to Mount LeConte. I have done this one a number of times both when it's nice out and one when it's fully in fog. Both were amazing. Jun 21, 2017

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Jun 6, 2018
Angie Butler
Easy first mile and then moderate to the bluff. Hike is along creek and through rhododendrons, great views at Inspiration Point, crowded trail though
May 12, 2018
Ashwath Paranthaman
Mar 31, 2018
Shelbi Ruffino
Beautiful view! Still a little icy around the end of March!
Mar 30, 2018
Mark Barreira
Nov 11, 2017
Barry Glasscock
Did a trip to LeConte via Alum Cave trail. Went up on Friday the 10th stayed at the shelter. Awesome trip.
Oct 19, 2017
Megan Conway
Oct 13, 2017
Linda Boyland
Oct 6, 2017
Nathan Moses
Sheas first trip to Leconte

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