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Tough climbs afford visitors more vantage points than almost any other trail in the Smokies.


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5.4

Miles

8.7

KM

Point to Point

6,585' 2,007 m

High

5,530' 1,686 m

Low

1,390' 424 m

Up

1,026' 313 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

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The Boulevard Trail is accessed either from Mount LeConte or the Appalachian Trail from Newfound Gap. During the winter, the weather can impact access to the trail. You can check road conditions here: twitter.com/smokiesroadsnps. The trail may not be accessible if there has been a lot of snow recently, so check with the rangers at one of the visitor centers before attempting the hike.

Need to Know

The Boulevard Trail runs from the Appalachian Trail to Mount LeConte, with no services along this trail. The only restrooms are at Newfound Gap parking lot and on Mount LeConte at the lodge. Bring enjoy water for you hike as there are very few opportunities to refill your bottle. During the late fall, winter, and the early spring, be aware that there may be ice on the trail, even if the temperature is warm at lower elevations and it hasn't rained for a couple of days.

Especially on the Appalachian Trail between the Newfound Gap parking lot and the trail split and on the approach to Myrtle Point, ice is routinely found on sections of the trail due to lack of sunlight so make sure you bring your traction devices with you.

Description

The Boulevard Trail is one of the 5 approaches to Mount LeConte, and is the only one that links the Appalachian Trail with the highest point in Tennessee. To access the trail, park at the Newfound Gap Parking lot and hike 2.7 miles north on the Appalachian Trail toward Charlie's Bunion. When you reach the fork in the trail at the 2.7 mile marker, take the trail to the left.

Almost immediately after taking the left, there is a sign for the Jump Off, a small side trail that leads out to views of Charlie's Bunion and the surrounding mountains. The trail is shaded throughout this section as it descends through the woods for roughly a mile. The trail crosses a couple of creeks that are easily crossed by rock hop.

After the trail levels off, there are some views off to the the north and west where you can see Charlie's Bunion and some of the other trails. From here, the trail begins to climb toward Myrtle Point and Mount LeConte. Since this trail requires some hiking to access, it is not as busy as some of the other approaches to LeConte, offering you an opportunity to hike the trail in relative peace and quiet.

As the trail approaches Myrtle Point, there are great views of the surrounding that you can enjoy. The trail wraps around the mountain as it approaches LeConte. There is a trail that breaks off to the left that leads out to Myrtle Point, where you can enjoy views of the Smokies from the rocky outcrop. Continue to the right and you'll come to a rock pile on the left side of the trail that is summit of Mount LeConte. Feel free to stop here to take some photos before continuing toward the lodge.

There will be some sweeping views to the left of the surrounding peaks before passing the LeConte Shelter and arriving at LeConte Lodge. Now that you have arrived at LeConte, there are several options. If you have made arrangements to sleep at the lodge or shelter, enjoy your evening on Mount LeConte.

If you need to get back to your car that day, you can either retrace your steps or take one of the other 4 trails down to the road and shuttle back to your car if you have arranged that ahead of time. The views as you approach Mount LeConte make this one of the best hikes in the park.

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Hiking Project Staff with improvements by David Hitchcock

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We made it!
Mar 29, 2017 near Gatlinburg, TN
The sun breaks through the trees along the Boulevard Trail. The tress provide shade during the hike, and the moss adds color and texture to the trail.
Dec 3, 2022 near Gatlinburg, TN
The Boulevard Trail offers great views of the Smokies from several points where there are breaks in the trees.   No matter what time of year it is, the views are breathtaking.
Dec 3, 2022 near Gatlinburg, TN
Le Conte Lodge.
Dec 31, 2015 near Gatlinburg, TN
Views of Myrtle Point and the surrounding mountains can be viewed from the trail as it approaches the LeConte shelter and lodge.
Dec 3, 2022 near Gatlinburg, TN
Hiking Mount Kephart - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Oct 27, 2023 near Gatlinburg, TN

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