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Clingmans Dome Trail

Intermediate
 4.1 (68)

A steep ascent that is rewarded with amazing views.


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Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.3

KM

Point to Point

6,647' 2,026 m

High

6,190' 1,887 m

Low

457' 139 m

Up

1' 0 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

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Features Views

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.

The observation tower is open year round. However, the road leading up to it is closed from December 1 through March 31, and whenever weather conditions require.

Need to Know

This is a steep climb be prepared! Wear the appropriate shoes and bring water. If you need to stop along the way there are benches. Keep a lookout for the trail markers which will let you know how far you have left. Keep pushing it's worth it!

It cooler (and sometimes wet) on the observation deck and at the higher elevation so bring a jacket just in case.

Description

The wonderful mountain views start the minute you park your car. There is ample parking space at the base of the trail. The visitor's center is located at the base. There are many viewpoints and lookouts for those who are not capable of climbing the trail.

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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Stephanie Morrison

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  4.1 from 68 votes

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Photos

Plenty of mountains to view from Clingman's Dome.
Mar 31, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
Good morning, Great Smokies!
Aug 4, 2016 near Bryson…, NC
Great views from up here.
Jun 9, 2016 near Bryson…, NC
Below the observation deck.  There is a landing there which would make a great spot for lunch.
Nov 13, 2015 near Gatlinburg, TN
Heading to Clingmans Dome Observation Tower.
Aug 4, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
View from the very beginning of Andrews Bald!
Jun 28, 2018 near Bryson…, NC

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Jun 24, 2021
Ines Kelly
Jun 18, 2021
Tom Herr
Paved steady incline all the way up. Crossed the AT along the way. 0.8mi
Jun 18, 2021
Jonathan Martin
May 31, 2021
Bryanna McFarland
0.1mi — 0h 50m
May 28, 2021
Katrina Hunt
May 21, 2021
Allison K
Clingmans dome->AT->clingmans dome bypass—>andrews bald 0.8mi
May 11, 2021
Heather Franke
Apr 28, 2021
J S