At an elevation of 2,025 m (6,643 ft or 1.25 mi), Clingmans Dome is both the tallest mountain of the Great Smokies and the highest point along the Appalachian Trail. Park your car near the summit and embark on 0.8 km (0.5 mi) walk to the observation tower atop the mountain. Note that while the trail is short and paved, it is very steep. Benches along the way provide a place to rest and catch your breath. The tower's observation platform provides panoramic views of the surrounding area, and handy signs help you identify points of interest. Bring a jacket with you; cold temperatures and rain are common here. See Clingmans Dome and all Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer by arranging your trip with our Great Smoky Mountains National Park holiday planner.
Clingmans Dome reviews
All uphill, had to take breaks off and on, but the view at the end makes it completely worth it. I can’t believe I never reviewed it when we did this many years ago with a teen, tween and 9 year old..... more »
This hike is rough. Parking is rough before the hike. The view is so worth the wait. And the tears from the kids. Cold and windy. Prepare for that. Plan for a long drive getting up there. more »
I like it cause it is high in the mountains and you can be in Tennessee and North Carolina at the same time and the Appalachian trail starts here
Great view and nice scenery on the top of the Smokey Mountains.
Plan your trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Nature in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Hidden gems in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Nearby attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Kid-friendly things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Trips to Clingmans Dome by other users
60 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES New York City Glacier National Park Anchorage 3 days in Tellico Plains BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Cherohala Skyway Bald River Falls Baby Falls 6 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Clingmans Dome River Rafting & Tubing Noah Bud Ogle Cabin 2 days in Fontana Dam BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Abrams Falls Trail Cades Cove Fontana Village Resort Marina 25 days in Continental USA BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Hilton Head Pigeon Forge Custer 5 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Clingmans Dome Newfound Gap Road Rockefeller Memorial