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Clingmans Dome

7 miles off US-441 on the Clingmans Dome Road, About 19.6 Miles from Sugarlands Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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The highest peak in the park.
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  • Average3%
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7 miles off US-441 on the Clingmans Dome Road, About 19.6 Miles from Sugarlands Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
+1 865-654-4545

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Reviewed yesterday

Fairly easy hike to the top up a paved path, but the views were absolutely amazing. Parking was a bit of a hassle, but well worth finding a spot and hiking up!

Thank jazzyo
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is one no one should ever not do when coming to the Smokies. The hike up to the top is very strenuous but once you're there, you can see for miles around. The views are breathtaking. I will warn you that the observation tower...More

Thank Ashleigh521
Reviewed 3 days ago

Our serious hiking was Mt. LeConte. but we had to come and see the classic Smokies stop from their childhood. View from the parking lot is breathtaking enough, we took the pretty strenuous hike to the overlook and were extremely well satisfied.

Thank Sightsee_Eat
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Definitely a must-see stop if you're visiting the Smoky Mountains. We went around 4pm and it was really foggy! We laughed because once you reached the top, we literally couldn't see anything. We were surrounded in clouds. I'm not sure when is the best time...More

1  Thank beth070303
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely worth the walk. Walk is steep, but not difficult. Very well paved. Can’t see anything on top when tower is closed, but can take a stroll on the Appalachian trail.

Thank Hsquared01
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed this trip to Clingmans Dome even though the Dome itself was closed when we got there. Repairs were being made. The scenery and pull offs were beautiful on the way up and down. We started walking up (which is quite an up hill/blacktop...More

1  Thank JohnandPam
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The climb to the dome was very steep.Me and my 4 year old had to take multiple breaks in between.The view from the top was just amazing.Highly recommended. It's the highest point on the Appalachian trail.

Thank Kavya S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Super road all way to top. Lots of scenic pulloffs to view colors, babbling brooks, etc. Once at top the misty clouds were all over giving a very eerie effect. Kids were climbing on large boulders, others just sitting and looking at majestic views. Totally...More

2  Thank Ruth G
Reviewed 1 week ago

The road leading up to Clingman's Dome is ideal for a sports car. Lots of crests and unbanked turns. Your reward waits at the top of this gorgeous Smokey Mt. Lookout. You can park the car and hike up to the dome . It takes...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a loop of about 20 miles off newfound gap but worth taking it Specially if you are there around sunset time It will be just excellent view

1  Thank sorabh
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13 October 2017|
Response from craig w | Reviewed this property |
The road to Clingmans Dome close's I believe the 1st of Dec. because of the snow
20 September 2017|
Response from slbeall | Reviewed this property |
Clingmans Dome road and the dune itself should be open in April. That being said, that will all depend on the weather. Ice is your biggest concern that time of the year. I have been to Clingmans dome as late at Halloween... More
3 September 2017|
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Response from Janet W | Reviewed this property |
yes, the tower is closed for the rest of the year. The parking area and trail are open until they close the Clingmans Dome Road for the winter season. Exact opening dates from winter closure will be posted on the park... More