Clingman’s Dome

This hike is great for the whole family. It’s an uphill climb, but the whole thing is paved and it is super short. Also, if you don’t feel like hiking at all, the view from the parking lot is awesome.  Clingman’s Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, highest point in Tennessee, and the third highest

Clingman's Dome. Photo by: Sam Cook

Clingman’s Dome. Photo by: Sam Cook

mountain east of the Mississippi. There is an observation tower at the summit at 6,643 feet that offers sweet 360 views of the Smokies. This hike should not take long at all, and is a great stop on the way to another hike, or if you are looking for a good place to take pictures.

Difficulty: Easy

Length: .5 miles up, 1 mile roundtrip

Pros: Short, 360 views

Cons: Steep uphill

Trailhead: Clingman’s Dome


Directions: Turn off Newfound Gap Road 0.1 mile south of Newfound Gap

-7 miles up Clingman’s Dome Road to the parking lot

-25 miles from Cherokee


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