Mount LeConte via The Boulevard

Bryson City, North Carolina

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If you have to choose only one hike in the Smokies, this would be a good choice. It gives you nearly everything the park is famous for, and by starting at an elevation of 5,046 feet and ending at close to 3,800 feet, it’s not overly strenuous. You’re going to get a good workout to be sure, but at least you won’t think you’re in boot camp. Before making this hike, be sure to read “Hiking to Mount LeConte” at the beginning of the Northeast section.
Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

by Kevin Adams (Falcon Guides)

If you have to choose only one hike in the Smokies, this would be a good choice. It gives you nearly everything the park is famous for, and by starting at an elevation of 5,046 feet and ending at close to 3,800 feet, it’s not overly strenuous.

You’re going to get a good workout to be sure, but at least you won’t think you’re in boot camp. Before making this hike, be sure to read “Hiking to Mount LeConte” at the beginning of the Northeast section.

© 2013 Kevin Adams/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bryson City
Distance: 13.2
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Clingmans Dome and Mount LeConte USGS quads; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee
Local Maps: USGS Clingmans Dome, Mount LeConte
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount LeConte via The Boulevard

Recent Trail Reviews

9/5/2008
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1/13/2007
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6/10/2006
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This is really one of the best hikes the park has to offer. The way we did it was we parked our car at Newfound Gap and had some other friends that were going up and down Alum Cave to pick us up and Newfound Gap. We took Alum Cave up to the top of LeConte where the lodge is and came down The Boulevard. Both trails offer some amazing views of the park. If you are doing this in a day, I suggest an early start and bring a headlamp as well. Every bit of pain you will get from doing this trail is well worth it.


1/25/2006
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I've hiked Mt. LeConte every year for the last 15 years, utilizing all the trails (except Cherokee Orchard). The Boulevard is my all time favorite trail, not only in the Smokies, but of all the trails. It gives you a real flavor of the Smokies. Though I will admit, that I usual "pool" with other folks and run our own shuttle so that we can take one trail up, and another down. My favorite "down" trail...has to be Alum Cave, by making this loop you really see a little of all the Smokies have to offer.



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