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(LATEST UPDATE: August 2, 2021) LeConte Lodge open with Modified Operations to Prevent COVID-19 Spread

During the 2021 season, visitors will continue to experience modified access and amenities as the lodge works in conjunction with the National Park Service to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  Guests with upcoming reservations inquiring as to how these modified operations will affect their stay should review this website or contact our Reservations Office directly during normal business hours.  Day Hikers will still be able to purchase souvenirs and reduced Food & Beverage offerings during our normal operating hours of 12:00-4:30 PM daily.  As the situation remains fluid, please continue to follow our social media pages for the latest information regarding our health and safety protocols.  Visitors should also pay close attention to instructional signage upon arriving at the lodge.

  • Per the latest CDC recommendations, the National Park Service and GSMNP have reinstituted mask wearing requirements in all federal facilities, including LeConte Lodge, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, for federal facilities in areas of “substantial” or “high” transmission.
  • All individuals over the age of two who are NOT yet FULLY VACCINATED must wear masks inside all public buildings at LeConte Lodge, as well as outdoor spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Occupancy limits in all public buildings and spaces remain in place.
  • All overnight guests will continue to be served meals in their respective cabins, not in the Dining Hall.
  • The Gift Shop is open during posted hours, but the attached lobby area in the Office is closed to all access.  No inside dining available.
  • The Dining Hall is closed to all day hikers.  Sack lunches and snacks are currently being sold at the Gift Shop.  All orders are to-go.
  • Limited beverage services will be available to overnight guests in the Dining Hall at specific times.  Currently being offered from 2:00-5:00 PM, and coffee from 7:30-8:00 AM.  Times are subject to change.
  • While interior public spaces remain inaccessible or with occupancy limits, guest cabin porches are exclusively for paying guests with reservations.  Day hikers should dress and plan accordingly for fluctuating and adverse weather conditions, as shelter is limited.
  • Lodge staff continues to thoroughly clean and sanitize all private guest cabins daily, as well as commonly touched surfaces in shared public spaces.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are readily available to visitors in all public buildings, restrooms, and private guest cabins.
  • Any interaction with the general public poses an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19.  By visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visitors assume all risks related to exposure or the contraction of any communicable and/or infectious disease, including, but not limited to COVID-19.

GSMNP Operating Under Phased Reopening 2020/2021

Beginning in May 2020, the park reopened many roads and trails. The health and safety of employees, partners, volunteers, visitors, and local residents remains the highest priority in park reopening decisions. Park managers will examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and will be regularly monitored. Park managers will also continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for all users.

Park managers are implementing new safety measures in facility operations and services to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as areas reopen to the public.

For the most up to date information about facility openings, service hours, and access, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.

LeConte Lodge®

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 5.0 miles up to 9.1 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.