“Highest guest lodge in the eastern U.S.”
High atop Mt. LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, LeConte Lodge® is the highest guest lodge in the eastern United States. It is situated on an open glade just below the summit of Mt. LeConte at an elevation of about 6400 feet. The Lodge serves as a grandstand for the entire Park and commands spectacular views of the Smokies. It is accessible only by hiking and is the only place in the Smoky Mountains where a visitor can sleep overnight in a snug permanent structure. There are no roads that lead to the Lodge. There are five hiking trails that lead to the Lodge ranging in length from 5.5 miles up to 8 miles. The Lodge offers an atmosphere of quiet simplicity where people find relaxation and renewed energy in the cool, majestic solitude at the top of the Smokies. Guests are housed in hand built rough hewn log cabins with propane heat, kerosene lanterns, clean linens and warm Hudson Bay wool blankets. Hearty meals are served family style in the dining room.
You have to make a reservation almost a year in advance if you want to stay at the lodge. If you don't want to stay at the lodge, you can still eat an enjoyable meal and some hand churned ice cream at the lodge.
You have to reserve a spot at this incredible lodge a year in advance. It's only accessible by hiking, and is heated by propane. You get all three meals and all the wine you can drink in an hour. Sounds like a pretty incredible experience!
We had a great hike up to LeConte. It took a little under 3 hours and got the heart rate up. The trail is great and the views pretty cool. The Lodges were really neat. Our family of 3 were really comfortable. The dinner and breakfast were really good! They run a smooth operation with transporting goods with the llamas. The additional .7 mile hike to the peak was worth it although conditions were not great, we loved the view. The crew does a really good job. It was a great two days and were not the greatest hikers.
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