ElevationAscent: 327' 100 m
Descent: -326' -99 m
High: 6,646' 2,026 m
Low: 6,319' 1,926 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 46% (25°)
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“Visit the highest point in Tennessee for sweeping, 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains and forest.”— Amber Scott
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Geological Significance · Historical Significance · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Because of its elevation, Clingmans Dome often has weather that's drastically colder than the rest of the park, so bring extra layers and know that the summit is often cloudy and windy.
The paved trail departs from the west end of the parking lot. Stop in at the visitor center to get oriented and learn about the flora and fauna, and natural and cultural history of the area. Steadily sloping upwards, the trail winds through the spruce and fir forest, offering glimpses of the surrounding views, until it reaches the observation tower.
Often compared to a flying saucer, the observation tower itself is a fascinating experience. Ascend the full loop, up and around, to the top deck where the entirety of Great Smoky Mountains National Park spreads beneath you. From there, either head back to the parking lot, or hop on the Appalachian Trail for a mile or two for a longer run.
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Land Manager: NPS - Great Smoky Mountains National Park