Amazing Views At Clingmans Dome

Amazing Views At Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, as well as the highest point in all of Tennessee!  At 6,643 feet, you know the views are amazing!!

The observation tower at the summit of Clingmans Dome offers incredible 360 degree views of the Smokies and beyond!  To get to the top and enjoy these views, you must first climb the steep half-mile hike to the top! As you can imagine, it’s worth the climb!!

How To Get There

To get to Clingmans Dome, turn off Newfound Gap Road and follow the seven-mile-long Clingmans Dome Road.  This road winds you up the mountain and leads you to the large parking area.

Although the parking area is pretty big, it still gets very crowded, and you may have to circle around a few times to find a spot!

What You Need To Know

It can get cold at the top of the dome! Up to 10-20 degrees colder than the bottom.  And windy! Hold on to your hat!

It is seven miles from the start of Clingmans Dome Road to the parking area, with plenty of scenic spots to pull over and enjoy the views.

The climb to the top is paved, but very steep! Although it is paved, it is too steep for wheelchairs.

The climb is only one half-mile, but don’t let this fool you, it’s very steep!  Thankfully, there are benches and large rocks that you can sit on to rest!

Clingmans Dome Road is closed seasonally, typically from early December through late March, as well as whenever weather conditions require a closure.

Pets and bicycles are not permitted on the paved trail to the observation tower.  There is a bicycle rack in the parking area, bring your own lock.

Our Visit

We were excited to experience Clingmans Dome.   The ride up to the parking lot is nice.  It’s a long, winding road with great views!  Once in the parking lot, it does become quite crowded and it can be tricky to find a parking spot.  Luckily, we didn’t have to wait to long for a spot to open up!

As new hikers, we were excited to try this hike and see the stunning views.  And it didn’t disappoint!

I won’t lie, the climb was tough.  Very steep, but absolutely worth it! The views are amazing!

We took our time, as most people did!  Taking breaks as needed is recommended!  It was a bit windy at the top, but after that climb I needed a little wind to cool off!

We enjoyed our visit to the dome and highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area!

Have you climbed Clingmans Dome? Leave us a message about your visit!

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