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. Plan my Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • We have hiked up LeConte on several occasions and from several starting points. All of them are pristine in their beauty, awe-inspiring, and offer varying degrees of challenge. This time, we took the ...  more »
  • Youngest daughter in western NC for river certification, and we overnighted here for a trip up to the top of Mt LeConte. Took the steeper, rockier trail up, and discovered LeConte Lodge where we bough...  more »
  • We chose Alum Cave Trail, about 5.5 miles, for our LeConte summit hike. The trail and the day were beautiful. The lodge at the top is a nice place to relax for awhile before the trip down. The summit ...  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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