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The highest peak in the park.
7 miles off US-441 on the Clingmans Dome Road, About 19.6 Miles from Sugarlands Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can’t believe this is only #10 on the top things to do in The Smokey Mountains!!! The hike up was well paved, the t has stops along the way for people to rest. I thought this was done highlight in the Park! I saw people...More

1  Thank coley6
Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked up a semi-steep, well paved road to see the tops of the mountains. If you experience vertigo, the walkway at the top might make you feel dizzy. My husband had to walk back down, because the height was too much for him.

Thank Carrie S
Reviewed 1 week ago

A trek to the top of Clingmans Dome is quite literally the “high point” of a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Straddling the North Carolina-Tennessee border, Clingmans Dome is the third highest peak in the Tar Heel State, the highest elevation in...More

Thank D2958ZXgarym
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were disappointed that the observation tower was still closed. We were told it would open this week “weather permitting.” Views still beautiful from the parking lot. If you collect National Park cancellation stamps, the visitor center has the Smoky Mountain one, as well as...More

Thank Denise K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There’s plenty of parking spaces and an area of bathrooms. You hike uphill a bit to the observation tower. High traffic area.

Thank alongcamealice
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited in the hopes of going up the newly renovated tower, but it was not opened up yet as advertised. So we were a little disappointed with that. We ended up walking a short trail around to the Appalachian Trail and making our way...More

Thank titanman24
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although it is listed as an easy hike with a paved walkway and only one mile, be warned that it is still straight up to the tower. It was cloudy so the view was obscured but the temperature change was neat to experience. Would recommend...More

Thank grein4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The highest place east of the Mississippi River. Great drive up and then a half mile walk up a steep paved hill.. Great views but that walk up is a workout .

Thank Daryl H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tallest point in Tennessee isn't for everyone. Its rough getting to the top. If you can handle the drive along with all the traffic, let alone with the full parking lot at the top of the mountain. It is not recommended to be in...More

Thank JosephVargo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great views once you get to the top. Very steep climb to the top, it feels like weights are weighing you down as you continue up the steep trail. Make sure you are wearing proper footwear. I was wearing converse when we made the trek...More

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Jessica L
13 August 2018|
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Response from tcarp1979 | Reviewed this property |
About an hour and a half. Time to park, then time to walk up the incline and and back down. Add time if you plan on hiking the trails.
Kimber G
3 May 2018|
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Response from Janet W | Reviewed this property |
Clingmans Dome is the name of the mountain. The road to the Clingmans Dome parking area is a bit curvy and there are some drop offs. I would think your husband's problem would be that road more than the .5 mile paved hike... More
17 April 2018|
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Response from Janet W | Reviewed this property |
If you are planning on hiking anywhere in the park, try to be there as early in the day as possible. There is lots of parking at Clingmans Dome but it will fill quickly. I suggest 7-8 AM. ..especially if it is part of the... More