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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
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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Mar 19, 2019
Angie F
Mar 14, 2019
Kevin Chidester
Mar 12, 2019
Colt Colt
Mar 2, 2019
Ty Schave
Beautiful morning hike! Trail was busy and the temperature changed from mid 30's to mid 50's and back! Was able to see above the clouds!
Jan 16, 2019
Jennifer G
Nice hike in light snow to the Bluffs but the trail was a little icy on the near Alum Cave. Had hoped to hike the Out and Back but started too late.
Jan 12, 2019
Hafiz Zahirudin
Jan 3, 2019
Garrett Gosdin
Dec 19, 2018
Bonita Dabney
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