Clingmans Dome, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

At an elevation of 2,025 m (6,643 ft or 1.25 mi), Clingmans Dome is both the tallest mountain of the Great Smokies and the highest point along the Appalachian Trail. Park your car near the summit and embark on 0.8 km (0.5 mi) walk to the observation tower atop the mountain. Note that while the trail is short and paved, it is very steep. Benches along the way provide a place to rest and catch your breath. The tower's observation platform provides panoramic views of the surrounding area, and handy signs help you identify points of interest. Bring a jacket with you; cold temperatures and rain are common here. See Clingmans Dome and all Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer by arranging your trip with our Great Smoky Mountains National Park holiday planner .
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  • Was here the day after the 2017 eclipse, and was very busy (not sure how normal it was) great views of the park and surrounding area.  more »
  • My wife and I have been up there several time in the last 40 years. It gets a little harder as we get older but still worth it. We took friends here who are our age but not quite as fit. They did make...  more »
  • I always tell people this is the absolute worst home I've ever done. It's tough for people who aren't in shape!!! It is paved and very steep. But the view at the top I wouldn't do it again but I would...  more »
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  • CLINGMANS DOME, TN DON'T MISS THIS ONE AWESOME VIEW. .. CHECK VISIBILITY ( MILES ) BEFORE YOU GO... At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is Great Smoky Mountains National Park's highest point. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the second highest point east of the Mississippi. Only North Carolina's Mt. Mitchell (6,684 feet) rises higher.
  • Clingmans Dome, if you are on a vacation in Gatlinburg you might as well go check it out. It's pretty cool, it is a good walk though and a good drive. Make sure you top off your tank for you head up the Mountain.
  • This was definitely one of the best experiences I've had. The half mile uphill hike almost did me in as I am not in the best shape but I was determined and I am glad I was. The view is the best in all of the Smoky Mountains.
  • One of the most amazing experiences of my life. The half mile hike to the Dome is a little hard if you are not in shape. They have places to stop and rest but the view is phenomenal. My wife and I went at sunset and it's an experience and feeling you can't put into words. It gets cold and the air is a little thin so come prepared. You will not be disappointed.
  • We do enjoy the view, but at my age climbing the trail is a little like eating an elephant, one bite at a time.
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