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Review of Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome
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US$172.62*
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The Great Smoky Mountain National Park Tour by Helicopter
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Owner description: The highest peak in the park.
Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

The walk up is about 1/2 mile but it is a paved trail . We saw several elderly people and families with young children making the walk up but it is somewhat steep so take your time and if you have any type of mobility issues you should not try this unless you are determined to do so . Once on top it is as close to being to God as you can be . Truly a spiritual experience once you make it to the top . Things to look out for 1. The restrooms on location are just glorified outhouses and they are unisex so once you walk in it’s luck of the draw. No restrooms on the way up or on top .
2. There is no place to buy drinks or food here. There is a gift shop that sells candies and chocolates but that’s about it .
Other than these to caveats , this should be on everyone’s bucket list .

1  Thank mrmoparhemi
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Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

How do you rate magnificence? Well, you can't but you can rate the parking. Not sure that is easy either but the day after Thanksgiving and there was not a spot to be found. If you go, just pack your patience. It's closed from Dec 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. But try again - so worth it all!

Thank musicgirl911
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Reviewed 23 November 2017 via mobile

We thought Clingmans Dome was closed for repairs but after our hike we found that it was open. Good fortune for us. If it's open you need to go for sure!

Thank Brian Y
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

The Dome Tower is closed until spring of next year. Please do not go around the closed sign & walk up to the Tower. The tower is in really bad shape so it's closed for renovations. As a retired Federal worker, I was very upset to see lots of folks ignoring the sign and walking on the tower. Remember if it falls down when you are on it, you cannot sue the federal government as you were not supposed to be there.

The bathrooms are latrines & smell awful- better not to go there at all. Go at the overpass or 3 other visitor centers.

The trail up is very steep & since you are at elevation it's harder to breathe. But take your time & you can do it.

The views near the parking lot are great so no real need to climb the hill until the dome tower opens up again.

If it's foggy ask at the visitor center if the view is obscured from the fog & pick another day to go up there. The road up is twisty & turny- not a road I would like to be on with fog!

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10  Thank DianeER
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

The hike to the top of the mountain where Clingmans Dome is located is not a long one, only about a half mile each way. But it’s strenuous given the amount of incline the hike has. The entire hike is paved so it’s not the most adventurous feeling but it’s well worth it to get to the top. Unfortunately for us the actual dome itself was closed for repairs so we couldn’t go up to the very top. We still enjoyed the hike up and getting to see where the Appalachian trail intersects at the top. There is a lot of parking at the trailhead but it fills up fast given how popular this hike is, so come early and be prepared for lots of slow moving traffic.

Thank Brady D
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