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LeConte Lodge Trip in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

June 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - June 16, 2020 @ 9:00 pm

Accessible only by hiking, and fully booked out every year, LeConte Lodge inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a rustic basecamp, perfect for exploring the natural beauty that surrounds it.


“High atop Mt. LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, LeConte Lodge® is the highest guest lodge in the eastern United States. It is situated on an open glade just below the summit of Mt. LeConte at an elevation of about 6400 feet. The Lodge serves as a grandstand for the entire Park and commands spectacular views of the Smokies.

It is accessible only by hiking and is the only place in the Smoky Mountains where a visitor can sleep overnight in a snug permanent structure. There are no roads that lead to the Lodge. There are five hiking trails that lead to the Lodge ranging in length from 5.5 miles up to 8 miles.

The Lodge offers an atmosphere of quiet simplicity where people find relaxation and renewed energy in the cool, majestic solitude at the top of the Smokies. Guests are housed in hand built rough hewn log cabins with propane heat, kerosene lanterns, clean linens and warm Hudson Bay wool blankets. Hearty meals are served family style in the dining room.”


Due to the driving distance, and the hiking (approximatly 8 miles) WILD will be departing at 12:00PM on Saturday June 13, and travelling to the Bryson City area (exact location is yet to be determined) for the night of the 13th.

We will awake early on Sunday the 14th, travel to the trailhead and start our hike to the Lodge. Reservations at the Lodge are for June 14th-16th 2020. Meals are covered once at the Lodge and included in the price. We will depart the Lodge on Tuesday the 16th, hike back to the bus and travel back to Columbus, arriving late on Tuesday the 16th.

Payment for this trip will be broken down into 2 payments.

Payment 1 – $340.00 is due to reserve your spot and is non-refundable.

Payment 2 – Exact cost is yet to be fully caculated, but will not exceed $200, and due by May 1. Exact cost of payment 2 will be determined and posted by Janurary 1, 2020.

We will be holding several pre-trip meetings for this trip with exact dates to be posted.


June 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
June 16, 2020 @ 9:00 pm


Great Smoky Mountains National Park


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