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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 is thin which will really affect your breathing.
Stop at Newfound Gap Overlook on your way back to Gatlinburg.
You can stop at Chimneys Picnic area on the way back too for a picnic lunch. Bring water shoes if you want to get in the stream. The Cove Hardwood trail is there as well. Then you can do the distillery in the afternoon.
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
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 up to the observation tower. He could walk the paved path and wait at the base of the observation tower while you walk the ramp to the top of the tower.