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Reviewed 4 January 2018

If you a hiker, getting to Clingmans Dome will be a piece of cake. It gets very crowded as everyone and their grandma feels that if they manage to push themselves up the paved hill; they have actually hiked in the Smokies!! Apologies for the sarcasm but I got very annoyed with this one. Views are great but to be honest you can get the same views in other less crowded hikes. This is a tourist "hike" so personally, I would miss it. There are much better places to see in the Smokies.

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

Yes, after many years, the top observation area needs rebuilding, so you can't get the absolutely best panoramic views yet. The views you do get, the rocks and trees you come close to, the walk in the fresh mountain air are still great and reason enough to take the hike from the parking lot. The drive in on the road to the parking lot gives you miles of less travelled road with good vistas too.

Thank Ontario76
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Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

Clingman's Dome is about 7 miles off the main road. And once you get there there's a half a mile hike up to the spiral winding observation point, where you'll get breathtaking views of the park. It is well worth the hike, but be advised this isn't for the short-winded person. There are resting spots every 1/10 mile, but it still takes a bit of endurance. You will need to wear some comfortable shoes as it is a very steep climb up the trail.

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Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

It was a fun, slightly challenging hike (some were out of breath at the top), the sunset views were amazing. A must see!

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Reviewed 28 November 2017

It was eye opening to see how out of shape I was, however, when I saw fit people struggling, I did not feel as bad. It's steep and strenuous. I felt many of times to quit and I was not the only one.
The tower was open when we were there. I made to the top but had a panic attack on the dome as I could feel swaying from the wind. So, I got off it right away but still felt like I accomplished climbing a mountain. The views are breathtaking even walking up to the top....thin air, so it was hard to breathe when you were over exerting yourself

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