About the Lodge
When night descends, you can wrap the silence around you like a cloak at LeConte Lodge®. The only noises disturbing the stillness are the sounds of nature. Nocturnal creatures going their way, the rumble of thunder or breezes rustling through treetops. It’s a place where the visitor easily bonds with the environment.
At 6,593 feet elevation, Mount LeConte is the third highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and LeConte Lodge® is located near the summit at 6,360 feet elevation. When the movement to establish a national park in the Smokies was in full sway, a tent camp was erected where LeConte Lodge® now stands to entertain visiting dignitaries from Washington. Although LeConte Lodge® is now under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, it predates the establishment of the park in 1934. Jack Huff, a Gatlinburg mountaineer and founder of the rustic lodge, began building the retreat in 1926. Eight years later, Jack and Pauline Huff were married at a sunrise service at LeConte’s now-famous Myrtle Point, the traditional place to watch spectacular performances of daybreak. Jack, Pauline and their family continued to operate the lodge until 1960. It is presently operated under the auspices of Stokely Hospitality Enterprises, supervised by General Managers Tim and Lisa Line.
Be sure to check out this great video about the llama’s that carry supplies to and from LeConte Lodge®.
Video: Alan Householder ends his time as LeConte Lodge® llama handler