Clingmans Dome, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Must see · Mountain · Nature / 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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  • My brother and I walked the military plane crash site. It is on the way to Andrew’s Bald which is off the parking lot towards the visitor center. We used GPS to find it. All Trails should have up by.....  more »
  • Had hoped to beat the rain but it was foggy & cloudy the day we went up here. It is is a short 1/2 mile but uphill walk on a paved path so we went anyway. No view at the top in bad weather. Visitor...  more »
  • We visit Gatlinburg every year and we finally visited Clingman’s Dome. It takes an entire afternoon to make the trip but it was well worth it. Parking can be tricky but there are so many people going....  more »
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  • I like it cause it is high in the mountains and you can be in Tennessee and North Carolina at the same time and the Appalachian trail starts here
  • Great view and nice scenery on the top of the Smokey Mountains.
  • Beautiful place for spring visit !
  • Good hike uphill, at least the first half, down is easy. . . Great views. Beautiful sunset spot.
  • Perfect. When we arrive at there it was about 5:30 to 6:00 pm. It was foggy then it started rising and then it was wonderful. I really recommend to go. Fresh and clean air.

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