Clingmans Dome Trail
ElevationAscent: 457' 139 m
Descent: -1' 0 m
High: 6,647' 2,026 m
Low: 6,190' 1,887 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“A steep ascent that is rewarded with amazing views.”— Stephanie Morrison
Family Friendly While the ascent is surely steep, you can't afford to miss this with your children. The trail is short enough to be doable, and the views will make it more than worth it.
It cooler (and sometimes wet) on the observation deck and at the higher elevation so bring a jacket just in case.
The paved trail is a straight shot up. Don't be intimidated by the trail's climb. I've seen all ages and fitness levels reach the deck. Take your time and move at a pace that is comfortable to you. There is no tree cover so you are exposed to the elements. It tends to drizzle a bit so be prepared for the weather. You can ask a park ranger or staff in the visitor's center regarding the forecast.
You pass over the Appalachian Trail (AT) closer to the top which is a real treat.
Although this trail is short and paved, it can be challenging. Come prepared and ready to conquer!
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