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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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Jul 30, 2018
Haley Meyer
Jul 27, 2018
David Jones
Jul 11, 2018
Bo Howell
Parked just past mile marker 10.
Jul 6, 2018
Brad Zickafoose
Completed to Alum Cave Bluffs with Eve, Mom, and Mike.
Jun 28, 2018
Steven Brown
Jun 28, 2018
Alex Cameron
Jun 18, 2018
Brandy Roll
Beautiful!
Jun 17, 2018
Shelbi Ruffino
One of my favorite hikes! Lots of mountain laurel and several waterfalls. A gorgeous hike to see some of the best the Smokies have to offer.

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