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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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Oct 21, 2018
Jordan Wilson
Oct 18, 2018
Kody C
2.5 miles is about as far as Bennett looks to go. Dad was tired to but made it up to the bluffs and back (4.6 miles). with Michelle
Oct 18, 2018
Nicole Kampmann
Oct 17, 2018
Courtney Fisher
Sep 17, 2018
William Graves
Sep 9, 2018
Katie Hurton
4.6 mi roundtrip to Alum Cave Bluffs. Got to see a storm rolling in over the peaks. I would like to continue on to Mt. LeConte next time, beautiful!
Sep 3, 2018
Stephen Lee
Nice sunny day on Labor Day - 9/3/18. Trail is mostly shaded with many hikers along the way
Aug 22, 2018
Missi Miller

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