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Clingmans Dome at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Short moderate hike to the best viewpoint in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 1.3 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

Overview :  At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the highest point in Tennessee,... more »

Tips:  Turn off Newfound Gap Road 0.1 mile south of Newfound Gap and follow the 7-mile-long Clingmans Dome Road to the large parking area at ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking/Trailhead/Restrooms

2. Appalachian Trail Junction

Stay right here for Clingmans Dome. The Appalachian Trail is to your left.

3. Ranger Station

Stop in and see if there are any scheduled ranger talks.

4. Steep Path

The path is steep, but there are many wooden benches to stop and catch your breath along the way.

5. Observation Deck

On clear days views expand over a 100 miles. Unfortunately, air pollution often limits viewing distances to under 20 miles.