At 6,643-feet tall, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in
Smoky Mountains National Park and Tennessee. Situated on the summit is
an observation tower that offers expansive views of the Smokies.
Views expand more than a 100 miles on clear days. With the location being at a
much higher altitude, the weather here
can vary greatly than that of lower areas.
Clingmans Dome is open year-round but the road leading to it
is closed from December 1 through March 31 and whenever weather conditions
require. Along the seven miles of Clingmans Dome Road there are scenic pullouts
with endless views of ridges and valleys. At the road's end is a large parking
area where a 0.5 mile trail leads up to the summit.