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Mt. LeConte Lodge Tennessee

Submitted By: bonecutter6 on 17 Jul 2008

GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 35.3915
Longitude: -83.2612

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Leave Gatlinburg on 441 / 71 south. The only way to access the LeConte Lodge is by hiking trails. There are five different trails that can be taken.

Alum Cave Trail: Start at the Alum Cav parking area on Newfound Gap Road. 8.5 miles south of the Park Headquarters and visitor center.

Boulevard Trail: Start at the Newfound Gap Parking lot. Follow the Appalachian Trail for 2.5 miles then take the Boulevard trail on the left.

Bullhead & Rainbow Falls Trail: Start at Rainbow Falls - Bullhead parking lot. 3.4 miles on Cherokee Orchard Road (it's a one way road).

Trillium Gap Trail: Start at the Groot Falls parking lot. It's 1.7 miles down on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. (This is closed in the winter.)

There are fees to camp at the lodge. http://www.leconte-lodge.com/rates.html for rates.

Hiking & Backpacking - (0)

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Scenic hikes; black bears present in area-proceed with caution and preparation.

The five trails to reach the lodge are:

Alum Cave Bluff Trail 4.9 mi
This climb is 2560 feet. This is the easiest trail to come down, but strenuous going up. You'll pass Alum Cave Creek, Arch Rock, Alum Cave Bluff and NPS interpretive signs at the bottom of this trail. At the top is a narrow cleft with cables for handhols. Not recommended in the winter.

Boulevard Trail 5.4 mi.
This climb is 1080 feet. This is a rolling trail following a narrow ridge with steep forest slopes on both sides. Gets steep at the top. You'll see Red Spruce and First along the trail.

Bullhead Trail (quietest) 6.9 mi.
This climb is 3820 feet. This is the best trail to take in the fall for the color.

Rainbow Falls Trail 6.6 mi.
This climb is about 3820 feet. This is a neat trail in the winter. Sometimes the LeConte Creek will freeze in the winter on the rocks.

Trillium Gap Trail 8.9 mi.
This climb is 3300 feet. You'll pass Roaring Fork Creek, a very steep creek in the park. As you hike this trail, you may hear water running underground through the rocks.

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Overnight cabin stay with required reservations. LeConte Lodge is located in the middle of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Capacity is fifty guests per night in either rough cabins or sleeping lodges. The cabins have bunk beds and are great for two couples or a family of 4-5. The lodges sleep 10-13 people.

No electricity these cabins use kerosene lamps. Bring a flashlight with you. No showers, but there are flushing toilets. Bring your own towel or wash cloth.

It is very cool here so be sure to bring a jacket or coat. You'll be served 1 meal and 1 breakfast. Provisions are brought to the lodge via llama.

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accessed via Alum Cave Bluff trail 4.9 mi, Boulevard trail 5.4 mi., Bullhead trail (quietest) 6.9 mi., Rainbow Falls trail 6.6 mi. or Trillium Gap trail 8.9 mi.

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Check with Park Service re: this activity prior to trek. Permit, fee and documentation may apply.

There are no points within 15 miles of this point.

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