Mount LeConte

Mount LeConte is a mountain in Tennessee not far from the North Carolina border in the in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With and elevation of 6,593 ft Mount LeConte is the third highest peak in the national park, it is however the tallest peak in Tennessee.

There are about four different peaks that you can hike to once at the ridge-top of Mount LeConte that will be accompanied by stunning views. There are a few different ways that you can access Mount LeConte. One of the most popular choices is to hike up the Alum Cave Trail which will take you straight up the side of the mountain over a 4.9 mile trip one way. Another way is to jump on the Boulevard Trial via the Appalachian Trail access at Newfound Gap, this trail is mainly on a ridge-line all the way so it is not near as steep as the Alum Cave Trail but it is 8 miles long one way. If one of those do not interest you, hike along the Rainbow Falls Trail which is 6.6 miles long one way but offers a view of the tallest waterfall in the National Park. If you are traveling by horse or would like to experience walking behind a waterfall you should take Trillium Trail, which ranges from 8.9 to 6.5 miles one way depending on where you park. Lastly, if you want to take the path less traveled then you should head up on the Bullhead Trail which is a 6.9 mile trip one way, but it can give you the most solitude out of all of the options.

Once you reach the top, Mount LeConte is known for having the highest lodge providing food and a bed to sleep in for visitors in the Eastern United States. However, make sure you have reservations before you plan on staying there or you could find yourself under the stars, which we prefer anyway!