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Clingmans Dome

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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Recommended for anyone in the Smoky Mountains

I've been to Clingman's Dome before, and it's a beautiful sight. However this this time I wanted... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Aaron R
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Glasgow, Kentucky, United States
Worth the effort

Great views of the Smoky Mountains, short but moderate hike (1/2 mile ) to the top. Several benches... read more

Reviewed yesterday
hd1996
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ohio
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The highest peak in the park.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“half mile” (205 reviews)
“parking lot” (378 reviews)
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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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"observation tower"
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"half mile"
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"parking lot"
in 378 reviews
"highest point"
in 133 reviews
"appalachian trail"
in 181 reviews
"steep walk"
in 80 reviews
"bring a jacket"
in 41 reviews
"degrees cooler"
in 51 reviews
"parking area"
in 127 reviews
"catch your breath"
in 58 reviews
"worth the climb"
in 62 reviews
"degree view"
in 46 reviews
"paved walkway"
in 36 reviews
"take your time"
in 127 reviews
"mile hike"
in 107 reviews
"the smoky mountains"
in 111 reviews
"gift shop"
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Reviewed yesterday

I've been to Clingman's Dome before, and it's a beautiful sight. However this this time I wanted to go at night and see the moon and stars from the peak. The drive up from Gatlinburg is always beautiful, but the sight from the top of...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Great views of the Smoky Mountains, short but moderate hike (1/2 mile ) to the top. Several benches and spots to rest for those who may need a break. A highlight stop along the Appalachian trail.

Thank hd1996
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The 27 mile drive from Gatlinburg to Clingmans Dome is beautiful. From the Clingmans Dome parking lot which has restroom facilities, it is a half mile walk up a steep paved walkway to the lookout dome. There are plenty of benches along the way for...More

Thank TennesseeTravelerMan
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Reviewed 5 days ago

At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi. The observation tower on the summit of Clingmans Dome offers spectacular 360° views...More

Thank Richa S
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Took wrong turn and drove to Cades Cove, turned around near a camp ground after an hour, but the views are magnificent all along the way. After a 3 hour tour of the winding roads we made it to the top. It was quite congested...More

Thank FarmGirl436
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous drive to reach a fair sized car park, short but steep walk to the viewpoint! Amazing, view is spectacular! Souvenirs available from small store. Recommended! Found trail leaflet interesting too and a good reason to stop and catch my breath.

Thank nickif189
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You cannot beat this view of the Smokies, but be prepared to work for it. It is a relatively short hike, but very steep. The path is paved but take your time. The incline and altitude will stress many. Once you get to the top,...More

1  Thank stones2125
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While at the park everyone needs to take a trip up to Clingmans Dome. The views are breathtaking and you can stand on a spot where one foot is in Tennessee and the other is in North Carolina. This is a very crowded place and...More

1  Thank Becky L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

.6 mile walk uphill. Steep in areas but all paved. Worth the walk for the views. Plenty of places to rest if you get tired on the way

Thank BridgetK1967
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited Clingman’s Dome several times before. This visit provided the best views. Our past visits have included rain and clouds that prevented us from seeing anything.

Thank LuluintheFL
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nataliebrandt2018
17 April 2018|
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Response from HikerNova | Reviewed this property |
Get there first thing in the morning. Before 10am. Otherwise , specially in July, get ready for hordes of people!
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nataliebrandt2018
12 April 2018|
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Response from Brady D | Reviewed this property |
My wife and I went last October (Monday - Friday) and we were blown away by how busy the park was each and every day given it was a non-holiday and non-summer trip. In addition, the area is still "recovering" from the fires... More
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kathymaf
15 March 2018|
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Response from Paris_TnRay |
The walkway from the parking lot up to the base of the tower alone, is .5 miles on a gradual incline. I'm not sure about any benches along the way leading up to the tower. I have never walked all the way to the towerbase. I... More
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