Clingmans Dome


Located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the state line between North Carolina and Tennessee, Clingmans Dome is a popular tourist destination. So much so, that on any given good-weather day, visitors may observe vehicles with license plates from 25 or more states.

From the parking area, it’s a short 1/2 mile hike along a paved trail, though the grade is quite steep. As such, there are several benches along the way on which to rest. There’s also a gift shop & restrooms.

Standing 6,643-feet tall, Clingmans Dome is both the tallest mountain in the park and in the state of Tennessee. It’s also the highest point along the 2,192-mile Appalachian Trail, and the third tallest mountain (after Mount Mitchell and Mount Craig) east of the Mississippi River. Lastly, it’s the 17th tallest mountain in the United States of America.

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14 responses to “Clingmans Dome”

  1. WOW, Phil would you believe I have never heard of Clingmans Dome? I tell you my friend, you always amaze me with the images from the places you find and explore. 🌄📷🌳 Awesome shots as always my dear friend. Absolutely breathtaking my Poetic Master Photographer! 😎🌺🤗

    • Thank you, sweet Kym ~ you are most kind 🤗 It is a wonderful place to visit, indeed, with panoramic views and several trails to explore. By noon, the huge parking lot is already full, and vehicles park outside along the road for quite a distance. Very popular. I met and hiked with a nice woman from New York (if you’re viewing, “Hi Penny!”), as well as two couples from a town in Michigan where I once lived. Small world. Have a great day my friend! ☺💖

      • Man Phil, I am going to start calling you Indiana Jones! LOL You have such an alluring personality, so I wouldn’t be surprised that you had a hiking partner all the way from NEW YORK??? And picked up two couples from Michigan? Why do I somehow visualize that scene from Forest Gump where people start following him when he was running, and running, and running??? LOL 🏃🏼‍♂️🚶🏼‍♂️🏃🏼‍♀️🚶🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♂️ Have a FANtabulous day Phil! 🥰🌺🌞

    • Thank you 👍 Indeed, winter months provide for a splendid view with snow and ice present. ❄️ On my recent morning visit to Clingmans Dome, it was only 39-degrees and with a sustained 30 mph wind…brrrr!

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