Great Smoky Mountains National Park Lodging
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is amazing, and as of 2016, more than 11 million people visit each year. Many visitors want to sleep inside the park, and there are only a few options.
You may be looking for a wilderness adventure, not just an overnight camping trip. If you fall into this category, LeConte Lodge is your only option. The challenge is in getting there. It is popular, so make your reservation early.
However, you may be inclined to camp at one of the ten campgrounds maintained by the National Park Service. If this is what you are looking for, check out the campground options.
NOTE: There are no shower facilities anywhere inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including LeConte Lodge and the campgrounds.
LeConte Lodge 2016 Wildfire Update
LeConte Lodge did not receive any damage from the 2016 wildfires that destroyed nearly 20,000 acres of the park. The lodge is operating a normal schedule.
LeConte Lodge is a one-of-a-kind place. The only way to get here is by putting on your hiking shoes and hoofing it up the mountain. Oh, and you have to carry almost everything you need with you. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people. Reservations must be made well in advance due to the demand.
Campgrounds – Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a number of campgrounds from which to choose. Whether you have a tent, hammock, camper, or recreational vehicle, these campgrounds can accommodate you.
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