the highest point in the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park and in
Tennessee, Clingmans Dome towers at 6,643 feet tall. Located along the
state-line ridge, Clingmans Dome is a popular park destination. Situated on a
summit, the observation tower offers stunningly expansive views of the Smoky
Mountains as far as the eye can see. Those who make their way to the top are
awarded with panoramic 360-degree views of one of the largest protected areas
of land in the eastern United States.
from the top of the observation tower are spectacular when days are clear. The
view can expand over 100 miles in every direction and into seven states.
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settlers first arrived, they nicknamed Clingmans Dome the “Smoky Dome” since
the summit was often covered in clouds and shaped like a dome. It was renamed
after U.S. Senator and Confederate general, Thomas Lanier Clingmans, explored
these mountains and became the first person to accurately measure the height of
get to the dome you turn on Newfound Gap Road just south of the Newfound Gap
and venture seven miles along Clingmans Dome Road where you will find a
half-mile trail and large parking area. This paved trail leads you to the
54-foot observation tower. Along your journey to the dome, there are lots of
scenic areas to pull to the side to get endless views of the ridges and valleys
scattered throughout the park.
you wish to soak in nature’s gift, there are several hiking
trails that lead to Clingmans Dome.
The Appalachian Trail intersects with Clingmans Dome and is one of the more
popular trails to explore in the park
Clingmans Dome is open year-round, but the road leading to it is closed temporarily
December 1st through March 31st. For your safety, the
road also closes whenever weather conditions require.