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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 2 days ago via mobile

This was the second hike me and my girlfriend did last year. Was a great drive up the mountain, topped off with this hike awesome view when you reach the top of the Dome! I would recommend this hike at the end of October when...More

1  Thank Carl C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We wanted to go early to miss crowds but there was thick cloud this morning. We walked about halfway from the parking lot to the dome and decided not to go the rest of the way as there was no visibility (and it is a...More

Thank Millin1
Reviewed 1 week ago

IT's COLD and WINDY AT 6,644 FT! It's about 20 degrees colder than the temp at the bottom of the mountains. We were very under dressed and it could have made for a miserable time, thankfully we toughed it out and it was worth it....More

2  Thank Chris S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing views. Can see 7 states when sky’s are clear. .5 mile hike that is ascending on the way up. We didn’t do the trail. Gorgeous!!

Thank Maria L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Learn how the Smokies got the name. Learn how Clingman's dome got the name. Take the time to absorb the cool air that gently cools you after the hike up to the dome. Carry a small tote with bottled water, and rest along the hike...More

1  Thank Larry S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ventured to the top on the 7th late in the evening after a light rain. I was one that had flip flops on as I fell in the creek at Cades Cove trekking earlier in the day and flip flops were the only dry...More

Thank Smiley1017
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a popular destination in the park. Come early if you are here on the weekend especially. The later in the morning it gets the harder it can be to find a parking spot. This has been a Bucket List kind of experience for...More

Thank wetravelalot007
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must-see in the park. We walked the .5 mile paved trail to the top and it is noteworthy that this is quite steep. We saw several elderly visitors and not in the best shape visitors who were having a challenging time on...More

Thank Pgh15203
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The walk is on wide clean asphalt blacktop. It is steep and the wind and temperature change is noticeable. There are placards on the top showing the terrain and mountain locations so that you don't have to guess at the locations as you view.

Thank Eddie B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The day I hiked up 2/3 of the view was obstructed by clouds, but still worth the climb. And when I say climb, it is fairly steep, especially in the beginning. It is paved and doable. I would climb it again.

Thank Diane K
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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