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If you are looking for some of the best views in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, look no further than Clingmans Dome. At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the park and the highest point in Tennessee. It is also the third highest point east of the Mississippi with only Mt. Mitchell (6,684 feet) and Mt. Craig (6,647 feet), both located in Mt. Mitchell State Park in western North Carolina, rising higher.

The observation tower on the summit of Clingmans Dome offers expansive 360-degree views of the Smokies and beyond. Visitors willing to climb to the tower on a clear day can expect spectacular views stretching nearly 100 miles in every direction. Sadly, the views are sometimes limited to a mere 20 miles due to air pollution. But on a clear day be sure to bring your camera as you can see for miles!

Long Walk: From the Clingmans Dome Visitor Center, climb the short, steep, paved Clingmans Dome Trail to the summit and the observation tower.

Note: Although the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower is open year-round, the road leading to it is closed from December 1 through March 31, and whenever weather conditions require. Also, although the path is paved, it is not wheelchair accessible due to the steep grade.

Family Friendly: Easy access on a short, paved path from the Clingmans Dome Visitor Center leads to views that kids of all ages will appreciate.

Gem Type: Viewpoint

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Sep 15, 2019
Laura James
Sep 12, 2019
Rachel Smith
Very steep but short. Worth the walk up!
Sep 11, 2019
Matt Warner
Sep 2, 2019
Jonathan Mac
Fun and short hike!
Sep 2, 2019
Tef Vitaris
Sep 1, 2019
Joey Fields
Aug 26, 2019
Neha Shah
Yes
Aug 24, 2019
Inez Ten Braak
Gorgeous view. Don't bring your pet, they are not Allowed on the trail

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