Stream running by Alum Cave Bluffs trail

Popular Trail in the Smoky Mountains to Receive Major Renovations in 2015

As you may already know, the Alum Cave Bluffs trail in the Smoky Mountains is one of the most popular hiking trails in the national park. The trail is considered to be moderate in difficulty, likely because of the short and steep climbing throughout the trail.

Until it closes in 2015, the trail will remain open for visitors. All hikers are encouraged to use extra caution when they’re on this trail this winter. Each year, the National Park Service responds to numerous calls about hiking accidents on this trail (another reason they will complete renovations on this trail next).

Restorations on the Alum Cave Bluffs TrailAlum Cave trail

The Trails Forever crews work diligently to make sure popular areas in the national park are well-maintained and restored.

The Alum Cave trail is receiving numerous renovations during the project. Here’s a few things that will be happening:

  • Repairing historic cable and handrail systems
  • Fixing hanging trail sections
  • Eliminating some of the trail braiding
  • Preventing future erosion with better drainage
  • Repairing areas already damaged by erosion and runoff

Details of the Alum Cave Trail Closure

In 2015, from May 4 through November 19, the Alum Cave trail will be closed to visitors, Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

If you were planning to use the Alum Cave trail as access to Mt. LeConte, keep reading, so you can find out which trails lead you to Mt. LeConte other than Alum Cave.

How to Hike to Mount LeConte Without the Alum Cave Trail

Although Alum Cave Bluffs trail is one of the most popular ways to reach Mount LeConte, there’s still other trails that will get you there! This way, if you’re looking to hike to Mount LeConte during your vacation, and Alum Cave trail is closed, you don’t have to worry! Here’s a few places you can hike instead:

  • The Boulevard
  • Bull Head
  • Trillium Gap
  • Rainbow Falls

Keep in mind that the trailheads are often busy at these locations, so parking is not a guarantee. You’ll want to arrive early for the best parking spot.

Aerial photo of Gatlinburg TNOther Information about Hiking Trails in the Smoky Mountains

If you’re looking to go hiking this winter, make sure you are prepared for the winter weather in the mountains. Even though the temperatures may not seem too cold in the lower elevations, when you are hiking to the upper elevations, the temperature drops significantly.

You will want to pack plenty of water for your hike and you’ll need to make sure everyone in your group is dressed warmly. It’s best to dress in layers just for this reason. If you plan to visit other areas of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge before venturing into the mountains, then you’ll appreciate having layers of clothes to help you adjust to the temperatures.

If you plan to hike Alum Cave before it closes, take a look at this guide from the National Park Service:

Finding a Cabin for Your Vacation to the Smoky Mountains

If you plan to spend a lot of time in the great Smoky Mountains National Park, then you should choose to stay in one of Aunt Bug’s Gatlinburg cabin rentals. These cabins are located in Gatlinburg, so you won’t be more than just a couple of minutes from the national park. This way, you can retreat right back to your cabin and head out for all of the fun things to do in Gatlinburg after a day on the trails.

If you have any questions about booking your stay, give us a call at Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals! We look forward to seeing you soon!