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Great inns open only to those with good hiking shoes

By: Catie Leary on Oct. 16, 2009, 11:22 p.m.

Photo: cdulude/Flickr

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LeConte Lodge

With an elevation of 6,593 feet, the LeConte Lodge is perched on one of the highest peaks of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are five trails to the lodge, all of which can present significant challenges for the inexperienced hiker. There are varied accommodations with both double and single beds to fit your party, and because there is no electricity or running water in the units, they are all equipped with necessities like kerosene lanterns, propane heaters and wash basins.