Hike to Clingmans Dome

1 miles  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Spenser Reid

Hike to the top of the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains. Enjoy spectacular 360° views of the Smokies and beyond.

The drive to Clingmans Dome is miles of scenic overlooks that provide endless views of ridges and valleys. Clingmans Dome Road comes to a parking lot from which you follow a .5 mile paved trail to the summit.

There are also several trails that start on Clingmans Dome Road. Most notably The Appalachian Trail, which crosses Clingmans Dome, making it the highest point on the whole trail.

Turn off Newfound Gap Road 0.1 mile south of Newfound Gap and follow the 7-mile-long Clingmans Dome Road to the large parking area at the end.

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A Must!

A short distance but very strenuous. (Feels like a lot longer than .5 mile) Paved all the way with many spots to stop and rest along the way. The views are well worth the work it takes to get to the top! A must if you're going to the Smoky's!


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about 1 month ago

Great trail with amazing views!!

This hike is always busy but it is always worth it. A true 360 degree view of the smokies. The sunrises from here are amazing so be sure to check it out.

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3 months ago

Great stop!

A must do if in the area. Nice views and fun hike up!


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4 months ago

Right of passage

For anyone going to GSMNP, this is the best “summit” experience you will have. A nice hike that gets your blood flowing followed by a unreal view from the top.

about 1 year ago

Very Nice Scene

Views are breath-taking,,,and so is the hike up to it sometimes..but not too bad. My only suggestion is some port-a- potties along the way because I did see some going in the woods to....well, you know!

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