In the summer of 2007, I hiked with a group of people in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We stayed at the top of the mountain at LeConte Lodge. The pictures that follows this posting are taken from that stay. LeConte Lodge sits at an elevation of about 6400 feet. There are no roads leading to the lodge; the only way to reach it is by hiking (on trails ranging from 5.5 to 8 miles). I suppose you could also hitch a ride from a llama. They are used to transport food and other necessities.
The lodge provides substantial, wonderful meals to replenish guests after a long hike. They also provide rustic cabins that protect from the elements but are devoid of electricity or plumbing. There are flush toilets–but only in a communal outhouse. There are no shower facilities. On the other hand, the views are breathtaking!
I would highly recommend a stay at LeConte for people who enjoy hiking and who don’t mind a few days of rustic living as long as it is rewarded with gorgeous views. For more information, check here.