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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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A gorgeous sunny day and this trip was amazing. Driving up to Clingmans Dome and then walking the last half mile afforded us amazing views from the rim and the top tower of the Smokies from all directions. It’s a steep climb, but easy if...More

Thank Jeannie2207
Reviewed yesterday

We arrived early in the morn by mid morn the sun had burned off the fog and the view was as clear as it can be in the Smokey Mts. Well worth the 1/2 mile hike up a hard surfaced trail. It is a strenuous...More

Thank W8942EDkathym
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great views from the parking area, as well as the top! The walk is strenuous, but was manageable for everyone in our group, despite being over 30 and various fitness levels. We bought several items at the gift shop as well, including a membership to...More

Thank seajewell
Reviewed 5 days ago

Since I hiked Ramsey Cascades the previous day, this "hike" was much easier but very steep. I didn't stop on the way up but many did. I think it was helpful that I wore hiking boots but it wasn't necessary as the path is paved....More

Thank lori72one
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

In all directions. Well worth the short, moderately steep hike. The hike is on a paved trail and is just over a half mile each way. It is a bit of a workout but fairly easy if you don't overdo it. And the views from...More

Thank williamo126
Reviewed 5 days ago

One of the best views of the Smokies hands down! I loved it here, and can't wait to go again this upcoming fall season!

Thank Matt B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a great walk uphill. My iPhone said it was 25 stories. Anyhoo, the view at the top is worth the walk. If you’re near, stop by and workout your heart.

Thank CEsyde F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took this half-mile paved trail up to the top. It’s pretty steep and we had to stop several times... there are benches along the way to rest and catch your breath. The path crosses the Appalachian Trail, which was a neat photo op. The...More

Thank Nancy S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Made this a stop on out way back from east coast. Very worth while. The walk is challenging but so worth it. The view from Clingmans dome is spectacular. Nice little gift shop for the souvenir fridge magnet.

Thank DGK71
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were with a senior bus trip on a very foggy day, having a tour thru the National forest and never made it to Clingmans Dome. But if the scene up there was as awesome as the trip on the roads thru the forest I...More

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Jessica L
August 12, 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
May 2, 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
April 17, 2018|
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Response from Janet W | Reviewed this property |
If you are planning on hiking anywhere in the park, try to be there as early in the day as possible. There is lots of parking at Clingmans Dome but it will fill quickly. I suggest 7-8 AM. ..especially if it is part of the... More