Alum Cave Trail up to Mt. LeConte, Gatlinburg

Directions:: Take I-40 to exit 207, follow to Gatlinburg, and then to the Great Smoky Mtn National Park.  From Park headquarters, at Sugarland, it is approx 5 miles to the trailhead.  Park at a designated spot and take off.

Trail Information:: This is all trail, no fire roads.  It can be slippery or muddy.  There will be plenty of people on the trail, so if that is   a concern, go on a weekday.  At the top, at Mt. LeConte, there is a water source, a shelter, if you are wanting to spend the night.  However, if you want to camp out, a permit must be obtained.  These can be obtained from the Sugarlands headquarters.  The trail is 5 miles long, and connects to other trails.  The AT is about 5 miles away.  It is possible to make a loop-Go up via Alum Cave, down via Rainbow Falls-total length approx 13 miles.

Steve Gould