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Be sure to check current conditions
before heading out.
Mount Leconte is the third highest point in Tennessee behind Mount Guyot, and the second highest point in TN that does not have a paved road to the top (looking at you Clingmans Dome
...). Leconte drawing tens of thousands of hikers each year, who generally pick one of the 6 main routes to the summits.
You really can't go wrong when picking a route on Leconte, but what if you picked all 6 routes, would this make you more right?
Need to Know
No fees to entering the park or for day use of the trails. Overnight camping is permitted/fee-based.
All trailheads on this route (with the exception of Porters Creek) can become crowded, parking may be hard to find.
Pit toilets are located at each trailhead (with the exception of Porters Creek) and are generally unlocked. Pit toilets are seasonally open at the Lodge on Leconte and a privy is located behind the Leconte Shelter.
Water is petty much available year-round at the Lodge on Leconte either from a potable tap or a spring. Streams and creeks intersect most trail sections as you reach lower elevations. All spring, stream, and creek water should be treated.
You'll cover elevations between 1,800 feet and 6,500', the weather can vary greatly across these elevations in the Smokies.
Flora & Fauna
History & Background
Shared By: Anthony Groft