If you are seeking incredible views, geological finds and a rich history, look no further than the Alum Cave Trail.
Alum Cave has an incredibly rich history. The Epsom Salts Manufacturing Company was established at Alum Cave back in 1838 where they mined Epsom salt from the cave. The mountain people used the Epsom salt found in the area to dye homespun clothing a reddish brown.
It is 2.5 miles one way to Alum Cave Bluffs. Alum Cave Bluffs Trail continues past Alum Cave Bluffs for a total of 5.0 miles to just below the summit of Mt. Le Conte and is rated as moderately strenuous.
Learn more: Alum Cave Travel in Mount Leconte
Fun Fact: Alum cave was mined during the Civil War. Soldiers scoured the cave for saltpeter, which was used to produce gunpowder during the war.