Some of the most incredible views near Gatlinburg can found atop Clingmans Dome. With an elevation of 6644 ft, it is the highest point in the Smoky Mountains as well as the highest point in Tennessee.
The ride to the beginning of the path that leads to the observation area at Clingmans Dome is a beautiful country road with intermittent pull-off areas, trails and stops along the way.
Clingman’s Dome – Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Once you arrive at Clingmans Dome Access Road it’s a short drive to the parking lot (with ample restrooms.There are a few other hiking trails off of the parking lot like Andrew’s Bald; a kid-friendly trail. The on-site store offers park mercandise, snacks and drinks.
Once you hit the half-mile trek to the observation tower of Clingman’s Dome, be prepared, it is very steep and though paved, a bit challenging.
There are benches to rest along the way, so don’t let that discourage you. We pushed a jogging stroller up; which was rough but manageable (it’s quite steep) but little man did want to get out for a bit and try ‘hiking’ himself.
Great Smoky Mountains Visitor Center and Junior Ranger Program
At the top of the mountain, walk up a short incline to the tower for amazing 360 degree views. It is important to note that the observation tower is closed from December to March for weather reasons.
If you’re looking to visit the Great Smoky Mountains and participate in the Junior Ranger Program with your kids, be sure to head to the Great Smoky Mountains Visitor Center to learn where to go and what to do!
The Clingmans Dome Visitor Center is located at 7078 Clingmans Dome Road in Cherokee, N.C. and is open from April 1st through November 30th. Exhibits in the visitor center offer a history of the area and the rare spruce-fir forest ecosystem.
Hours of Operation
April – May – 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
June – August – 9:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Sept & October – 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
November – 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Phone: 865.436.7318 Ext 326