The sunrise majesty as viewed from Myrtle Point. Looking down at the Chimneys and Newfound Gap from Cliff Tops... The panoramic views of the sea of mountains that is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And you get dinner, breakfast and a bed to boot! The rustic Mt. LeConte Lodge is the only lodging in the Park. Sitting comfortably at over 6,500', it is an experience that you have to earn. The shortest of the six foot trails leading to the lodge is over 5.5 miles. Yet thousands of people make the trip year after year making it one of the hottest tickets in town.

There are several ways A Walk in the Woods can help you get the most from your Mt. LeConte experience including Shuttle Service, Overnights, and Day hikes

Questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Shuttle Service

Get twice the experience out of a single trip! Hike up one trail and down another.

A Walk in the Woods has offered professional, reliable, competitive shuttle service in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park since 1998 with a perfect safety record and on time performance over 99.5%. Hiking up Alum Cave Bluff Trail and down the Rainbow Falls Trail is the most popular route, but we can help you with any trip and any size group. You will be driven by a trail guide with years of Smoky Mountains experience to help you get the most out of your trip. Our driver will have the latest mountain weather forecast and Park Report and can advise you on anything from the best vista spots to strategies for traveling through bear country safely. What is the latest science on pain free hiking, how to avoid blisters, how much water do you need to carry, these are just some examples of information our drivers share with our customers that directly benefit their trip. Call (865) 436-8283 or get quote online. Any way you go we are here to help.
Spending the Night? Bring a Guide Like Samantha Brown did on the Travel Channel
Want to guarantee you get the most from your trip? You've got it. Bring along one of the guides who made Mt. LeConte Lodge part of The Lonely Planet. Your naturalist guide will share the Park's natural and human history from the settlers to the Native Americans who lived on this land for thousands of years. The Smokies contain more species of life than anywhere else in the world North of the Tropics. Want to learn about some of these beautiful species, some found only in the Park? We'll share with you some of the marvels that make the Smokies unique. Ever wonder what grandma used to cure coughs, sore throats, headaches? Walk with us and we'll share with you some of those time tested natural medicines. We'll also introduce you to some tasty wild treats along the way. Also we will discuss strategies and demonstrate techniques to make the physical part of your journey as pleasant as possible.
Option 1: Spend your first day traveling up to Mt. LeConte with a Naturalist guide, learning about the Natural and Human history of the area, as well as learning about Mother Earth's marvels along the way. When we get to the top, we'll introduce you to the top of the mountain and get you settled before your guide heads back down.
$185 for first person, plus $30 per each additional person.*
 
Option 2: Spend your first day traveling up to Mt. LeConte with a Naturalist guide, learning about the Natural and Human history of the area, as well as learning about Mother Earth's marvels along the way, we'll introduce you to the top of the mountain and get you settled. The next day, we'll pick you up after your Lodge breakfast, help you pack for the most comfort and explore a new trail before you head back home.
 
Pick up and drop off to and from most Gatlinburg locations, snacks and a Naturalist guide. (This option is contingent upon shelter availability for the guide).
 
$280 for the first person, plus $60 per each additional person.*
 
Option 3: Get the absolute most out of your Mt. LeConte Lodge adventure! A guide will be with you every step of the way. From planning your trip, to helping you pack, guiding you through your whole trip, both up and down, showing you the ins and outs of the Lodge, sharing the sunset and sunrise with you weather permitting. (Your guide will even get up an hour before dawn to check on the sky before waking you up).
 
Pick up and drop off to and from most Gatlinburg locations, lunch the first day, trail mix and a Naturalist guide.
 
$200 plus a lodge ticket for the first person, plus $60 each additional person.*

* Note : Listed prices include cash discount.

Out for the Day? Bring a Guide
Option 1: Half Day
Title of Walk INSPIRATION POINT EXCURSION
Trail Time Four Hours
Price $52 or $50 With Cash Discount (Includes Snacks)*
Upcoming Dates Call for schedule (865) 436-8283 or request walk online
Description

Walk along a beautiful mountain stream through an old growth forest. Climb up the side of one of the most picturesque mountains, experiencing incredible views of artistic rock formations. Picnic on a beautiful rock outcropping surrounded by blueberry bushes, mountain laurel and plants found only on Southern Appalachian Heath Balds, while basking in the views of the mountains below. We may even get a glimpse of the Peregrine Falcons that nest near by. This walk is moderate, and takes place on a very popular trail.

Rating: For a Half Day this is Moderate.

Option 2: More
Title of Walk MOUNTAIN WONDERLAND WALK
Trail Time Six Hours
Price $68 or $65 With Cash Discount (Includes Snacks)*
Upcoming Dates Call for schedule (865) 436-8283 or request walk online
Description

Walk along a beautiful mountain stream through an old growth forest. Climb up the side of one of the most picturesque mountains, experiencing incredible views of artistic rock formations. Rest on a spot heavy with mountain history, starting with a geological anomaly to the tale of the first Cherokee to discover the bluff, to its importance during the Civil War. This guided walk is along a very popular trail, one often referred to as the most scenic in the Park.

Rating: For a Full Day this is Moderate with a couple of Difficult spots.

 
Option 3: Full Day
Title of Hike Mt. LeConte
Trail Time/Length Approximately Ten Hours of trail time. Eleven to Twelve Miles.
Price $194 for first person, $32 each additional person ($185, $30 Respectively With Cash Discount).
Upcoming Dates
Call for schedule (865)436-8283
request hike online
Description

Clingmans Dome may be the highest peak in the Park, but Mt. LeConte is widely considered the highest and most spectacular mountain. Experience it all. We will climb through a rock, travel through an old growth forest, pass breathtaking vistas, and explore the powerful force of water as we make our way to the top of the most impressive mountain in the Park. On our way, we will pause at a breathtaking vista, overlooking the spot where the fastest animal in the world, the Peregrine Falcon, has made its home. We will visit the LeConte Lodge, and observe some of the most famous views in the Park. We will lunch on a point overlooking Gatlinburg and then do it all over again on our way down.

Rating : For a Day Hike this is Strenuous.

 
Option 4: Very Full Day
Title of Hike Mt LeConte II North/South
Trail Time/Length Approximately Ten to Twelve Hours hiking time. Thirteen to Fourteen Miles.
Price $269 for first person, $42 each additional person ($256, $40 Respectively With Cash Discount)Price includes shuttle.
Upcoming Dates
Call for schedule (865)436-8283
request hike online
Description

One of the ultimate Smoky Mountain experiences. Take the Mt. LeConte hike above, and add a return trip down the rugged north face to experience the greatest summit to base elevation change in the Park. Waterfalls, vistas, human history; the full Mt. LeConte experience.

Rating : For a Day Hike this is Very Strenuous.

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