What an amazing trip! I was extremely lucky to get reservations back to back with my friends so we were able to spend two nights on top of the mountain. We took Alum Cave trail. It took us almost five hours on the way up with a long lunch stop and only 3 hours down. Plan for cool weather. We went June 21st - the high was 64 and the low was 47. If you layer your clothing you will be fine.
The staff was amazing! We purchased the unending wine with dinner and our glasses were kept full. I have never had a better cup of hot chocolate. We visited with Ranger Mark Pitt - who gave presentations about the culture of the mountain and animals.
All in all - GREAT TRIP! A must do!
- Also Known As:
- Leconte Hotel Great Smoky Mountains National Park