Mount LeConte, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Visit the third highest peak of the Great Smoky Mountains and trek along one of five trails at Mount LeConte. You'll earn a magnificent view from atop the peak, but mind that the ascent is tough, with trail lengths ranging from 7.9 km (4.9 mi) to 14.3 km (8.9 mi). Once you've completed the hike, have a meal and rest at the mountaintop lodge, renowned for its hospitality among visitors. Wear adequate footwear for the hike and prepare for sudden weather changes. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Great Smoky Mountains National Park holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Mount LeConte and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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Where to stay in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, choose between developed campgrounds where you can pitch your tent by your car and access restrooms and showers, or more primitive vehicle-accessed campgrounds. The park also offers accommodations in a permanent structure at LeConte Lodge, which is accessible via five different hiking trails. (There is no car access; you must hike in to use this lodge.) For a wider array of lodging options, stay in Gatlinburg. Serving primarily as a resort gateway to the park, the town offers various styles of accommodation, from national chain hotels to mountain lodges to small inns. Most places lie within 8 km (5 mi) of the park's entrance.
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  • My Mom and I hike to LeConte Lodge once every June, and it is one of our favorite times of the year. It's beautiful from top to bottom, the trails are very well maintained, and the workers in the Lodg...  more »
  • This is a definite must do thing for an avid hiker. You must be in shape to make it up this mountain. It is not easy. All the routes have differing difficulty levels but all are hard. Some routes are ...  more »
  • My friends and I hiked from Alum cave to Mt Le Conte and really enjoyed the hike. The trail was diverse and beautiful with lots of water features. Some parts had pretty steep inclines and there were s...  more »