LeConte Lodge - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
LeConte Lodge is the only commercial lodging within the Park, though other lodging such as hotels and luxury rental cabins can be found in all the towns surrounding the Park.
The idea for a lodge on Mt. LeConte to accommodate visitors goes back to 1925. Paul Adams established a somewhat permanent camp for the Great Smoky Mountains Conservation Association, one of several organizations created to pursue National Park status for the GSMNP. Many distinctive guests spent the night at the newly-developed tent camp in order to win support for a park in the Southern Highlands. What better place than Mt. LeConte to showplace a grandstand view of the Smokies?
LeConte Lodge is the highest inn providing lodging for visitors in the East. Although LeConte is the 3rd highest mountain in the Park (at 6,595 feet), it is actually the "tallest" mountain in the Eastern U.S., rising over a vertical mile from Gatlinburg. Its rustic accommodations include the lodge itself, a dining hall, and a cluster of small cabins equipped with double-bunk beds. Dinner at the dining hall is served at 6 p.m., breakfast at 8 am. A packtrain of llamas brings food, bed linens, and other supplies to and from the Lodge three times a week. These animals do not damage these heavily used trails as much as horses.
For LeConte Lodge reservations and other info, call 865-429-5704 or visit their website.
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