Thanks for the correction. Not sure why I didn't catch that.
The Alum Cave Bluff Trailhead is not at Newfound Gap, but rather at a parking area several miles northwest along Route 441.
In responding to a forum post, I discovered the Alum Cave Trail route was not attached to this page.
Sarah, thanks for the heads up. Looks like the creator of the Alum Cave page attached it as a 'parent' of LeConte instead of a 'child.' I've made the corrections so now it should be a bit easier to find!
A few days ago, the rangers told me that the Roaring Forks Motor Nature Trail is closed for now, which adds about 5 miles and 800 feet of elevation gain to the Trillium Gap Trail. The trail can still be accessed from the Rainbow Falls trailhead, but not the Grotto Falls parking lot.
Thanks for the info I'll get it posted ASAP.
Thanks for the heads up. Fixed.
A few years ago, GSMNP changed the rules. Back country permits are now obtained from the website https://smokiespermits.nps.gov/index.cfm?BCPermitTypeID=1 and cost $4/person/day.