LeConte Lodge

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, 37862, USA

Fodor’s Expert Review

Set at 6,360 feet near the summit of Mt. LeConte, this hike-in lodge is remote, rustic, and remarkable; it is not, however, luxurious. Small, rough-hewn wood cabins and three group sleeping cabins have bunk beds, propane heaters, and kerosene lamps, and there are privies with flush toilets but no showers. The appeal of LeConte Lodge is in the mountaintop setting, taking in the views from your deck rocking chair, and stargazing at night. There is no road access to the lodge; the only way in is by foot, up one of five trails, none of which is short or easy. The 6.5-mile Trillium Gap Trail is the easiest trail to the lodge, as it is not as steep as the other trails. The Alum Cave Bluffs Trail is the shortest, but it is fairly steep. Lodge supplies are brought in three times a week by llama, up the Trillium Gap Trail, and once a year by helicopter. Breakfast and dinner are included in rates. The lodge typically begins booking reservations in a lottery for the following year's season (late March to mid-November) on October 1 of the year before, and generally within a few weeks all dates are booked for the following year.


  • unique setting high on Mt. LeConte
  • a true escape from civilization
  • a special experience available only to a few


  • books up far in advance
  • hike-in access only, difficult for physically challenged or those not in good condition
  • simplest of accommodations with few modern conveniences



Green, Historical, Romantic, Views, Family
Local Flavor


Phones: 865-429–5704 -reservations


10 rooms (7 cabins plus 3 dorm cabins, all with shared bath)
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Nov.– late Mar., Some meals