Alum Cave Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 5.6 miles from Gatlinburg, Tennessee (TN)
4 Stars
12,629 Steps 1  (5.4 mi)


The Alum Cave Trail has a maximum elevation of 6,535 ft (1,992 m), a minimum elevation of 3,865 ft (1,178 m), and an elevation range of 2,670 ft (814 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
12,6295.4 mi3,865 ft6,535 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.7 hrs211.12,533 ft0 ft
[ B to A ]
2.9 hrs0.00 ft2,533 ft

What is the length of the Alum Cave Trail?

The length of the trail is 5.4 mi (8.7 km) or 12,629 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Alum Cave Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 3.7 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 2.9 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Alum Cave Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Great Smoky Mountains National Park topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Pigeon Forge, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Richardson Cove, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Jones Cove, TN
  4. West Topo Map: Gatlinburg, TN
  5. Topo Map: Mount Le Conte, TN
  6. East Topo Map: Mount Guyot, TN
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Silers Bald, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Clingmans Dome, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Smokemont, NC

Is there an Alum Cave trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Alum Cave Trail is located on the Mount Le Conte topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.