Hiking Mt Leconte in Gatlinburg Tennessee

There is only two directions that you can go when thinking about hiking Mt Leconte. You don't need a compass. You can only go up or down. Mt Leconte, in Gatlinburg TN, is 6,593 feet high and is host to Leconte Lodge. Leconte Lodge is the only lodging in America's number one visited national park. You might wonder why I talked about hiking MT Leconte, but you see, the only way to Leconte Lodge is by hiking. You can't drive to the top, you must hike. As you can see, this trip is for only people who love hiking.

Leconte Lodge, on Mt Leconte in Gatlinburg TN, is between a 6 and 8 mile hike depending on what trail that you decide to hike. At Leconte Lodge you will find a collection of rustic cabins. There is no electricity or showers. Hot water comes from one spigot into buckets and wash basins. Light comes from kerosene lanterns. Drinking water comes from the pump. There are propane heaters in the rustic cabins. Flush toilets are available to lodge guests, but not to day hikers to Mount LeConte. The concessionaire, Stokely Hospitality Enterprises, provides family-style southern meals in the dining hall. They include scrambled eggs, Canadian bacon, pancakes, grits, homemade biscuits; chipped beef, green beans, mashed potatoes, corn bread, baked apples, a half a peach, soup, oversized cookies.
The supplies are flown in by helicopter once a year at the beginning of the season. Llamas carry supplies to the top of the mountain three times a week.
Getting a reservation to this Lodge in Gatlinburg TN on Mt Leconte can and will be very difficult to achieve. Reservations for the 50 spots per nights start on October 1, 2008. You can call and make a reservation via telephone or email. The 2008 season will last from March 28 through November 25. Adult rates in 2007 are $62 for lodging and $31 for dinner and breakfast. Rates for children will vary and the 2008 rates will be posted in late August.
If hiking to the top of Mt Leconte and roughing it in one of the Leconte Lodge cabins is not your thing, then please visit our site and give us a call and book one of our Gatlinburg cabins. We have several with fantastic Mt Leconte views along with luxurious amenities. You can call our office at 1.800.684.7865.