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
Need to Know
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!
Land Manager: NPS - Great Smoky Mountains National Park