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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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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 11 August 2016

Unfortunately, we went on a very rainy, overcast day however it was still an amazing experience!! The drive up tested my nerves a bit but only because it was raining pretty hard. Go early since there are only so many parking places. Lots of parking...More

1  Thank Kelli S
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Clingman's Dome is the highest point in the The Smokys, and is obtainable via a short hike to an observation deck. The road to the parking area is closed in the winter, and can get icy in early spring. The hike up is short n...More

2  Thank Beefseeker
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Unfortunately we went when there was rain in the forecast and even though it didn't rain on us we couldn't see much of anything. The hike is pretty steep but is paved all the way to the top and has a lot of benches to...More

Thank mmyrhb
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Try to hit this when the weather is clear. If it's cloudy/overcast, it's not worth your time - do another hike at lower elevation instead. Beautiful views of 7 states from the top of the dome, although you obviously can't tell one from the other....More

Thank debestmath
Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Although it was a bit of a hike to the observation deck,the trail was nicely paved and not too strenuous. The benches to rest on along the way helped. Once at the top, the views were amazing! We would definitely go back if in the...More

Thank skmosu
Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

The drive up is beautiful, with a few pull outs, where you can stop and take pictures. Once you get to the dome, parking can be difficult as the lot isn't all that large. There are bathrooms and a park office/souvenir store at the base...More

Thank L5127PJroberth
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Great place to start with a shorter hike/walk to the dome lookout. It's a paved path and a good portion up hill. This gave us a great overview of what the Smokies look like. Recommend arriving on the earlier side of the day to avoid...More

Thank CynthiaHoot
Reviewed 8 August 2016

It was so gorgeous first thing in the morning. It was actually cold. We saw two sets of bear on our way up to here.We had the most gorgeous view of Gods Country, The mountains had fog on the tops . An experience I will...More

Thank Debbie Y
Reviewed 8 August 2016

We had one day to visit the park and this was the first thing on our list. The parking lot was crowded but we lucked out and found a place to park on our first pass through. The gift shop was nice, the staff there...More

Thank clumbermom1
Reviewed 8 August 2016

This is not to be missed Smoky Sojourners! The Dome is the top most point in the Smokies, and its view is legendary. The walk up to the dome itself is steep, though paved and easy. There is a connecting point to the AT along...More

Thank sowelumk
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10 November 2017|
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Response from Janet W | Reviewed this property |
the tower at Clingmans Dome has reopened. The road to the parking area at Clingmans Dome will close on 12/1 for the winter season. They still have a couple of weeks worth work to do on the tower that will be completed in... More
13 October 2017|
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Response from Janet W | Reviewed this property |
As others said...Clingmans Dome Road is closed at the end of November for the winter season. The tower us currently closed for renovation and will reopen in 2018. The views from Newfound Gap Overlook are very nice and if... More
20 September 2017|
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Response from Janet W | Reviewed this property |
The road to Clingmans Dome should open by the 1st of April. I would check at the Sugarland Visitor Center to make sure the road and the observation tower at Clingmans Dome are open.