Peregrine Peak via Alum Cave Bluff Trail

Peregrine Peak via Alum Cave Bluff Trail

The Alum Cave Bluffs Trail


10 Years Experience

Specialized in Camping & Trekking

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, USA

Moderate to Strenuous

Sugarlands Visitor Center

Newfound Gap Road (U.S. Highway 441)

Peregrine Peak via Alum Cave Bluff Trail

Take a look at this 7.2-kilometer out-and-back track near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It takes an average of 2 hours 31 minutes to finish this moderately difficult route. Because this is a popular hiking region, you will most likely come across other people while exploring. The route is available all year and is a great place to come at any time. Dogs are not permitted on this trail, so leave them at home.

While there is no admission price, people who park for more than 15 minutes must purchase a parking permit. A daily, weekly, or annual tag can be purchased online or in the visitor's center.

The Alum Cave Bluffs Trail, sometimes known as the Alum Cave Trail, leads to a "cave," which is actually more of a massive rock overhang.

and then on to Peregrine Peak. It begins with a moderate slope to Arch Rock, then becomes steeper and concludes with many stairs. It has a smooth forest floor, log bridges to cross, gorgeous flowers and trees, and endless photo opportunities along Alum Cave Creek. Between Inspiration Point and Alum Cave Bluff, look for outstanding views of Little Duck Hawk Ridge. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the top cave. There are no garbage cans, so remember to take your rubbish with you.

To begin this hike, park at the Alum Cave Trailhead. This hike might get crowded, so arrive early to the parking lot.

Details for hiking Peregrine Peak via the Alum Cave Bluff Trail, explained in user-friendly language:

Trail Name: Alum Cave Bluff Trail to Peregrine Peak

Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, USA

Trail Overview:

The Alum Cave Bluff Trail is one of the most popular trails in the Great Smoky Mountains. It's about 5.5 miles (8.8 km) round trip to reach Peregrine Peak from the trailhead.

Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous. It includes uphill sections and can be challenging in parts.

Scenery: The trail offers diverse scenery, including lush forests, scenic overlooks, and fascinating geological features.


  • Alum Cave Bluff: A large concave bluff about 2.3 miles into the trail, offering great views and a cool place to rest.
  • Peregrine Peak: At around 2.75 miles from the trailhead, you'll reach Peregrine Peak. It offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
  • Trailhead Access: The trailhead is located at the Alum Cave Bluff Trail parking area on Newfound Gap Road (U.S. Highway 441), approximately 8 miles south of the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
Trail Description:
  • Start: The trail begins with a gentle ascent through a dense forest of hemlock and rhododendron.
  • Alum Cave Bluff: Around 2.3 miles in, you'll reach Alum Cave Bluff. This is a great spot to take a break and enjoy the views.
  • Continuation to Peregrine Peak: From Alum Cave Bluff, the trail continues with a steeper ascent. The final push to Peregrine Peak involves some rocky sections and a bit of scrambling.
  • Peregrine Peak: Once at the peak, take in the breathtaking views before retracing your steps back to the trailhead.
Tips for Hikers:
  • Timing: Start early to avoid crowds and afternoon storms.
  • Gear: Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring plenty of water and snacks.
  • Safety: Stay on marked trails, watch your step on rocky sections, and be aware of wildlife.
Additional Notes:
  • Permits: No permits are required for day hiking, but check for any alerts or closures before you go.
  • Season: The trail is typically open year-round, but conditions can vary with the seasons. Check for trail conditions during winter months.

Enjoy your hike to Peregrine Peak via the Alum Cave Bluff Trail, and soak in the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains!