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Clingmans Dome
Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome

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107 Park Headquarters Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-1200
https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/clingmansdome.htm
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Clingmans Dome is a mountain in Great Smoky Mountains National Park with an elevation of 6,644 feet. There is an observation tower at the top that was built in 1959.

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It’s a great walk with beautiful scenery. We’ve one each time we’ve been in the area.

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After a half mile hike you have some of the most amazing views in the Smoky Mountains.

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Burns

Popular spot for panoramic views of the Smokies! Drive near the top, park, then climb up to the tower...

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Fairfield

Drive to the top take about 30-45 minutes and is not for those that are scared of heights. Once you get to the top the view from the parking alone is Beautiful! Then if you get to hike to the top of cling man's dome the views get a tiny bit more amazing! Fun for the whole family!

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Local from Sevierville

This is a great place to get great photos of the mountains from the tower. If you are not up to the climb the views from the parking lot are amazing too. I got some great photos of a bear here once! Also this is a great place to start a hike to Andrews Bald.

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Kalamazoo

Great place for photos. Easy hiking. I saw some bear sign in the area. Keep your kids close and all food put away. Leave no trace practice in affect

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Columbia

If you love to have the best pictures... If you love mountain top views, then this is for you... The view is breathtaking and even the ride to get there is gorgeous a must see!

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Franklin

Recommended for Families and couples and great for a day outside of Franklin.

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Fayetteville

Amazing!! We went for the sunrise but it didn't occur to us that once we got to the top we would be so high up that we would be walking amongst the clouds. The rail to the top is paved but very steep we estimate about 30 to 40% grade. Take your time going up, it is absolutely wonderful!!

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highest point east om missippi river,i hour hike up hill on established trail..grand view from tower at top..

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Burns

For the best views and not as much hiking, I highly recommend taking the beautiful drive and short hike to Clingmans Dome. Don't forget your camera!

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Loudon

Ride all the way up to Clingmans Dome for incredible views. Highest point you can go to. It's about a 20 min walk from where you park, but well worth it!!!

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At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Have a look around! Nice hike, amazing views of the smokies!!

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Hamilton

Spectacular 360 degree view of the Great Smoky Mountains! Check out the observation tower for the best views and photo opportunities

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Pets and bicycles are not permitted on the paved trail to the observation tower. Although paved, the trail to the tower is too steep to be wheelchair accessible.

A view of the observation tower in the fog, taken from the base of the tower. The observation tower at the top of Clingmans Dome offers sweeping views of the park—when the weather cooperates!

Highlights: mountain views, high elevation spruce-fir forest

At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi. Only Mt. Mitchell (6,684 feet) and Mt. Craig (6,647), both located in Mt. Mitchell State Park in western North Carolina, rise higher. The observation tower on the summit of Clingmans Dome offers spectacular 360° views of the Smokies and beyond for visitors willing to climb the steep half-mile walk to the tower at the top.

On clear days views expand over a 100 miles. Unfortunately, air pollution often limits viewing distances to under 20 miles.

Clouds, precipitation, and cold temperatures are common at Clingmans Dome. Temperatures at the dome can be 10 -20 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than in the surrounding lowlands. In fact, the cool, wet conditions on Clingmans Dome's summit make the spruce-fir forest that grows there a coniferous rainforest. Proper preparation is essential for a good visit. Dress in layers and be sure to bring a jacket, even in summer.

Although Clingmans Dome Observation Tower is open year-round, the road leading to it is closed from December 1 through March 31, and whenever weather conditions require.

It's seven miles to the end of Clingmans Dome Road and there are scenic pullouts with endless views of ridges and valleys along the way. The road ends in a large parking area from which a 0.5 mile trail leads to the summit. The trail is paved but steep, and leads to an observation tower on top.

Pets and bicycles are not permitted on the paved trail to the observation tower, or on any other trails in the area. A bike rack is located near the beginning of the paved trail to park bikes while walking to the top. You will need to bring a lock with you to secure your bike.

Although the trail is paved, it is too steep to be wheelchair accessible.

Besides the trail to the summit, there are several trails that start on Clingmans Dome Road and parking area. The Appalachian Trail (AT) crosses Clingmans Dome, marking the highest point along its journey from Georgia to Maine. The Forney Ridge Trail leads to Andrews Bald, a high-elevation grassy bald.

Watch the video, Clingmans Dome - Highpoint of the Great Smoky Mountains, to learn more about the Dome.

Directions: Turn off Newfound Gap Road 0.1 mile south of Newfound Gap and follow the 7-mile-long Clingmans Dome Road to the large parking area at the end.

Mileage to Clingmans Dome:
from Cherokee-25
from Gatlinburg-23

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Kennesaw

A paved road up for easy walking . A breathtaking view of the surrounding area. Temperature drops off as the altitude is much higher 6644 ft above altitude

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Washington, D.C.

Clingmans Dome has the great distinction of not only being the highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains and the highest mountain in Tennessee, it is also the highest point of the entire Appalachian Trail. Set on the Georgia/Tennessee border, northbound hikers encounter this 6,644-ft beast early on in their trek. You can manage the Dome easily in a day and there is even a magnificent observation deck at the top!

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Charlotte

A serious half mile hike. Steep incline that was more than we expected! Good thing it was only 64 degrees up the mountain, even in August! We visited on a day that it was extremely "smoky" so we didn't see much. Was nice to conquer the mountain with my family.

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Honolulu

It's a steep 0.5 mile hike to the top, but the view is totally awesome. On a clear day you can see for 100 miles. It's worth every step.

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Ashburn

Great for travelers of all ages! Amazing view and an absolute MUST for any first time visitors to the area.

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