There are many wonderful trails to take that will lead you to the summit of Mount LeConte. Each one is unique and beautiful in their own ways offering majestic views, towering waterfalls, fields of wildflower and plenty of wildlife sightings. The most popular of these trails has to be Alum Cave Trail. The trailhead for Alum Cave can be found off the side of highway 441 approximately 10 miles from Gatlinburg. This trail will lead you all the way to the summit of the mountain in 5.5 miles of steep climbing (2763 feet of elevation gain to be exact). Alum Cave Trail offers magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and some unique points of interest from Arch Rock, Inspiration Point and Alum Cave Bluffs. This is a trail you surely need to cross off your list.
Today has been back and forth between rain showers and sunshine. Yesterday we received 1.5 inches of rain and temperatures made it all the way to 63 degrees. Last night we only dropped to 43 degrees. Expect trail conditions to be wet so plan your trip up accordingly.