Hike to the best sunrises and sunsets in the park.
At just shy of 6,600 feet, the views from top of LeConte Lodge in the Smokies make it
a trek worth taking. You can stock a backpack and head up for a stay at the rustic
LeConte Lodge – But warning, there is no electricity and it is a sellout every year for
good reason. Please note, there are backcountry campsites nearby. The most
spectacular sunrises and sunsets occur on Myrtle Point in the east and Clifftops to the
Even if you don't have reservations at the Lodge or shelter, the trails to LeConte are
worth the day trip and you can reserve lunch at the Lodge dining room, if you call
ahead. The Alum Cave Bluffs Trail, past storm-tossed boulders, up stone stairs and
under Arch Rock, is one of the best hikes in the Smokies. Try the Boulevard Trail for a
longer but easier ascent, or a more challenging trek on Rainbow Falls Trail to the top.