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The highest peak in the park.
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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All reviews observation tower parking lot half mile highest point appalachian trail steep walk bring a jacket parking area catch your breath degrees cooler worth the climb degree view paved walkway mile hike take your time awesome views gift shop
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

Took smaller kids here so they could experience the smokeys. It is an easy hike up and does not last long. You get some great panoramic views.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank TrippinElf
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Just a warning - this hike is not for the faint at heart. My electric scooter wasn't strong enough to make the journey up that steep incline. Luckily my grandson pushed me up the rest of the way. I was was sweating so profusely that...More

Date of experience: March 2017
2  Thank southernlove899
Reviewed 20 March 2017

At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is Great Smoky Mountains National Park's highest point spectacular vistas from the top. It is a great place for sunrises and sunsets to see. We went on a cloudy day. Please keep a jacket it was windy and cold while...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank KhurramBilal
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We enjoyed our time at Clingmans Dome, and the walk to the top was a ton of fun. We visited in late September when the gorgeous Mountain Ash were covered in their bright red berries, and we loved seeing them all along our drive in...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank travelingwithourgirl
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This will provide the best view of the Smokey's. You can also go on the Appalachian Trail as it is about 20 feet off this trail. Things to Note: 1. This will be about 10 degrees colder than parking level and 20 degrees colder than...More

Date of experience: June 2016
11  Thank ThreeWiseMen1998
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

What a beautiful place to visit. Well worth the walk to the top. Plenty of places to sit and rest along the way. One thing to remember is that it gets cooler the higher you go. A jacket tied around your waist may be needed.

Date of experience: October 2016
3  Thank jodief64
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Be in shape. This is a steep hike to the top. It is so worth it when you get to the top. It is amazing with amazing views. Bring your camera the views are outstanding. It feels like heaven up here.

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank wifeydoles
Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

This "hike" (is more of a long uphill paved walk) to Tennessee's highest point is a must do. The 360 degree view from the observation tower brings to mind a line from an old 70s song, namely "I'm on top of the world looking down...More

Date of experience: May 2016
4  Thank russmaples
Reviewed 31 January 2017

We traveled Newfound Gap Road twice during our visit to the Smoky Mountains. On our first arrival at Clingmans Dome we arrived as it began raining. Parking lot was completely full and the drive back toward Gatlinburg was very wet and dangerous due to the...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank whitejewelrdh
Reviewed 24 January 2017

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. Expect the drive up to take awhile and temperatures will drop 20 degrees cooler, the kids...More

Date of experience: April 2016
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Rich D
2 January 2019|
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Response from A7531BErogerp | Reviewed this property |
I’m pretty sure the Clingman’s Dome road is closed all winter.
Jessica L
12 August 2018|
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Response from Janet W | Reviewed this property |
Clingmans Dome is about a 45 minute drive from Gatlinburg. Plan on a very early start to find parking. Try to be there by 9 AM. The hike up to the observation tower will take about an hour. It is a steep hike and the air... More
Kimber G
2 May 2018|
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Response from Janet W | Reviewed this property |
Clingmans Dome is the name of the mountain. The road to the Clingmans Dome parking area is a bit curvy and there are some drop offs. I would think your husband's problem would be that road more than the .5 mile paved hike... More