Tennessee October 14, 2017
The Breathtaking Tennessee Hike That Glows Gold Once A Year
Hiking is usually an activity that’s saved for summer and spring, culminating in a trip down trails that simply burst with lush, green scenery. But who needs green? Especially when a Tennessee autumn is as gorgeous as it is, you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to walk through the Smokies when the world turns all sorts of red and orange and yellow. Curious where to go? Well, we think that Alum Cave Bluff is great anytime — but in the fall, it just ups the ante a bit. Here’s why!
Alum Cave Trail begins fairly easily, and you follow Alum Cave CREEK — gotcha there, didn't we? — for the first mile or so. It makes for a stunning view: to wander through the forested Great Smoky Mountains alongside the reflective beauty of the water.
The trail is considered moderate, so you don't want to bring any little ones on the trail with you. At almost four and a half miles and more than 1,000 feet in elevation gain, you're in for a little heavy breathing.
The trail is located off of Newfound Gap Road, which makes it easy to get to no matter the time of year. Plus? You get to drive Newfound Gap Road. Who wouldn't want to make THAT gorgeous drive?
There are multiple landmarks along the trail, including Arch Rock and Alum Cave, both of which give this wander through the woods a bit of excitement. Who knows what you'll come across next? It is also great to hike during the autumn because once winter hits, you may be dodging icicles as you make your way through the rock formations.
The Alum Cave Trail began rehabilitation efforts in 2015, which has only helped make the trail safer for hikers by repairing hanging trail sections and handrail systems. It has also improved the access points at the Alum Cave, which is one of the most stunning views in the park.
Alum Cave. We're going to leave this here — can you imagine the valley lit up in autumn colors?! It's truly one of the prettiest views on the east side of the state, and we'll forever be in love with this pretty place.
Where is YOUR favorite autumn hike? Leave your tips and tricks in the comments — we'd love to see!
— Continue exploring our state with these wonderful harvest festivals they’re fabulous and OH so fun!