Friday, 05/08/2020 - Monday, 05/11/2020
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Are you up for an action-packed visit to the Smoky Mountains?? Join us for a 3 night adventure to America’s #1 most visited National Park.
For the first 2 nights we’ll stay in bustling downtown Gatlinburg, the gateway to the Smokies. In case you missed it, Gatlinburg just opened a new attraction this year, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. It is 140 feet high, 640 feet long and has amazing views of the mountains. So of course we’ll have to check it out! We will also spend time exploring inside the park hiking and sightseeing, and also can peruse all the fun and tacky novelties Gatlinburg has to offer (mini Space Needle anyone? How about a Moonshine tasting?).
On Sunday morning, May 10th, we’ll check out of our hotel, pack our overnight bags, shuttle our cars and set out on a beautiful hike to the summit of Mt. LeConte and the much bucket-listed LeConte Lodge. We will stay overnight in a rustic 3 bedroom lodge with double over double bunk beds. Hearty, family style dinner and breakfast at the lodge are included in the cost and are served in the community dining room. Following dinner, we’ll take a short hike to the nearby cliffs to soak in the gorgeous Smoky Mountain sunset.
After breakfast the next morning, you will have the chance to purchase some LeConte Lodge swag that can only be found at the Lodge, fill up water bottles and head down the mountain. Hopefully we will pass the llama train on its way up the mountain carrying supplies to replenish the lodge. Once we make our way down, we will say farewell to the Smokies and head home.
We will be stopping for lunch on the way to Gatlinburg on Friday, and will also stop for lunch on the way home on Monday. I hope you will join us!!!
**Even though we are hiking to the summit of Mt LeConte, the hike is very much a strong moderate AKA don’t be scared. There are a few rocky places that have cables installed in the mountain for extra safety, but heights are not an issue on the hike. We will be hiking up the Alum Cave trail which is only 5.5 miles long and gets steep for only the last 2 miles. But, nothing good comes without earning it right?**
$200 fee covers 1 night lodging, dinner and breakfast at LeConte Lodge. All other lodging fees and meals are separate. We will stay at a moderate hotel in Gatlinburg, those arrangements will be made later.Our event sign-up process has changed! Read more about the changes.
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