Beginning today, Great Smoky Mountains National Park embarks on a phased reopening of areas inside the park. This means roads, trails, and facilities all across the Smokies will be made accessible to the public at different times, LeConte Lodge among them. The lodge remains closed at this time, with the intent of reopening its doors to guests and providing visitor services on Monday, May 18th. Please understand that lodge grounds will be closed to the public while our team works to prepare a clean and safe environment for our upcoming guests.
The NPS trail crews are in the process of clearing Mt. LeConte’s approach trails. Anyone with hopes of reaching the summit on a day hike can expect hazards in the way of downed trees, as not all trails have been cleared yet. Due to the phased reopening of the park, not all trails are accessible or from their typical starting points. Here’s a helpful list of what will be accessible to day hikers beginning sometime today:
Rainbow Falls - 6.7 miles
Bull Head - 6.9 miles
Trillium Gap - 8.9 miles
The Boulevard - 8.1 miles
Safe travels to those flocking to the Smokies this weekend, and please remember to practice safe social distancing while visiting our beloved park. For more information regarding the park’s phased reopening plan, visit https://www.nps.gov/grsm. Thank you.