We are planning our vacation some time in April....when does Clingmans Dome road and the dome itself open? And also, when does Rich Mountain tour open up?
The road to Clingmans Dome should open by the 1st of April. I would check at the Sugarland Visitor Center to make sure the road and the observation tower at Clingmans Dome are open.
Clingmans Dome road and the dune itself should be open in April. That being said, that will all depend on the weather. Ice is your biggest concern that time of the year. I have been to Clingmans dome as late at Halloween and as early as the beginning of April. Remember your heavy coat and a hat. Just because it is 50 degrees in Gatlinburg does NOT mean it well be that warm at the top. You could be at 20 degrees wth a strong wind. my best advice is plan for the cold that time of year.
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