Trillium Gap Trail

Trillium Gap Trail is the only horse trail to Mt LeConte.  It is traveled three times a week by llamas transporting supplies to the LeConte Lodge seasonally – spring, summer, and fall.


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Trillium Gap Trailhead. Image by Jeaneane Payne

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Llamas leaving Trillium Gap Trail are trekking supplies to LeConte Lodge

You will begin your 6.5 mile journey on Trillium Gap Trail up the northern face of Mt LeConte.   Elevation is close to 3,200 ft. Although an easy trail, this portion of the trail does have many small creek crossings, so the hiker may want to brush up on rock hopping skills before hiking this trail. After the third small stream, Grotto Falls is 1.3 miles. Here Roaring Fork tumbles thirty feet over the falls.  Grotto Falls is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in the park.

The trailhead is located inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, about 7.5 miles from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, off Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

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