Clingmans Dome, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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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. Use our Great Smoky Mountains National Park holiday planner to visit Clingmans Dome on your trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We were staying in Gatlinburg and drove the hour to Clingmans Dome to see the amazing view. The drive was nice but it kept getting more and more cloudy the higher we went. The path to Clingmans Dome i...  more »
  • The drive up there is what impressed me the most. Gorgeous little streams and waterfalls all along the way up there that make for excellent photos. The temperature in Pigeon Forge was in the 90's when...  more »
  • What a experience the drive there the mountain itself the short hike was all a great time. The short .05 mile hike to observation deck was little tough 6643 ft the air is a little thin. Being from Fl ...  more »
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  • Absolutely spectacular views for miles!!! Not a terribly long hike as some trails in the area are. A lot of it, if not all is paved. It is however a fairly steep climb in grade over a relatively short distance. Allow enough time for many rest stops on the way up and you will be greatly rewarded once you reach the top.
  • You think "it's only a half a mile to the top, nob problem." Problem! Very steep. At least it's paved and the view is amazing. Don't feel bad if all you make it to is the parking lot and the gift store. Still an amazing view from the parking lot and the store is small and quaint.
  • Oh. My. God. This was NOTHING what I expected. We got there very early in the morning and it was packed still. It was AMAZING, probably the most amazing experience I've ever had in my life..it was my husband, and our 4 kids. The views are so out of this world. You're so high, you're literally above the clouds. The hike up was KILLER, and I think I almost died a few times, but we made it and it was so worth it. It was the most amazing view. I literally dream about going back. I look at the pictures and it still takes my breath away.
  • Its amazing!! I can see so far away!! Beautiful on a clear day. Hiking trails to balds. Even a helicopter wreck
  • The views are spectacular and breathtaking. It's a nice workout to climb up to the top.But it's well worth it.The climate keeps changing and it's very windy up there. Wear a comfortable walking shoes and carry a jacket.