Mount LeConte, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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#6 of 12 in Nature in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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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  • August 5, 2017
    5 Trails lead up to this Lodge, We took Alum Cave Trail, its the steepest trail, but the shortest, with many beautiful views! There is No electicity, but lamps and heaters are provided. The Staff are ...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    I was a little nervous about doing this hike with the many reviews saying how strenuous it is. The trail is actually in beautiful condition with helpful steps and smooth walking. We did Grotto falls t...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    Mount LeConte was a strenuous hike but the views are so beautiful that it is definitely worth it. We took the Alum Cave trail which is 5.5 miles. It is the toughest trail to the summit but it has the ...  more »

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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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