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If you are looking for some of the best views in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, look no further than Clingmans Dome. At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the park and the highest point in Tennessee. It is also the third highest point east of the Mississippi with only Mt. Mitchell (6,684 feet) and Mt. Craig (6,647 feet), both located in Mt. Mitchell State Park in western North Carolina, rising higher.

The observation tower on the summit of Clingmans Dome offers expansive 360-degree views of the Smokies and beyond. Visitors willing to climb to the tower on a clear day can expect spectacular views stretching nearly 100 miles in every direction. Sadly, the views are sometimes limited to a mere 20 miles due to air pollution. But on a clear day be sure to bring your camera as you can see for miles!

Long Walk: From the Clingmans Dome Visitor Center, climb the short, steep, paved Clingmans Dome Trail to the summit and the observation tower.

Note: Although the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower is open year-round, the road leading to it is closed from December 1 through March 31, and whenever weather conditions require. Also, although the path is paved, it is not wheelchair accessible due to the steep grade.

Family Friendly: Easy access on a short, paved path from the Clingmans Dome Visitor Center leads to views that kids of all ages will appreciate.

Gem Type: Viewpoint

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Kristen Arendt

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Nov 12, 2022
Lori Robinson
Took the bypass down…. Beautiful and fewer people since it's natural landscape
Oct 9, 2022
Alex Moldovan
Oct 4, 2022
Eliese Burrows
So pretty. Chilly though.
Sep 25, 2022
Patty Clifton
This was an amazing walk. I will do this one again.
Sep 24, 2022
Brienne Purta
Aug 1, 2022
Holly Cihak Clements
Fogged in.....sad. Try again tomorrow
Jul 24, 2022
Megan Hermansen
Cloudy. Still worth the trip
Jul 13, 2022
Chad Elkins

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