Mount Le Conte & Myrtle Point (Tennessee)
Attractions: Hiking, Backpacking, Vistas
Myrtle Point: (35.6532878, -83.4317224)
Parking: (35.6295217, -83.4514494)
Hike Length: 5.75 miles (11.5 miles round trip)
-Great Smoky Mountains National Park has no entrance fee and is open 24hrs.
-This post describes just one of the beautiful hikes that gets you to the top of Mt. Le Conte, there are multiple trails to choose from. Parking is at the Alum Cave Bluffs Trailhead, there are two decent sized parking areas.
-The Alum Cave Trail is a popular trail but it is rated as hard because of the length and elevation gain. This trail includes caves, wooden bridges and cables to help with the climb. You will pass Arch Rock & Inspiration Point on the way up.
-At the top of Mt. Le Conte there are vistas, a lodge, a trail shelter, and multiple backcountry camping options. Myrtle point is also a great spot to watch the sunrise over the mountains.
-Free permits are required for camping at backcountry campsites or shelters. You can reserve them up to one month in advance. Permits can be reserved here: https://smokiespermits.nps.gov. When backcountry camping try to pick a campsite on bare ground if possible or in areas that have already been established.
-There are black bears in the park so make sure you pay attention and know what to do if you encounter a bear on the trail. Also make sure to practice proper food storage so you don’t attract bears into your campsite.
-Keep the park clean and pack out all your trash and any trash left by others. Make sure all trash is disposed of in the proper receptacles so animals can’t get into it. Always Leave No Trace.
These photos are not mine they were taken by the individuals listed below.
Photo 1: @aozphotos
Photo 2: @adamgravett
Photo 3: @travel.therapist
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