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Clingmans Dome

Bryson City, North Carolina

based on 19 reviews



1.23 miles

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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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Easy Parking
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Picnic Area

Clingmans Dome Reviews

I had to do this one more time! I’ve had Leukemia since 2005, heart attack in 2018 with 4 stents, stroke in 2020 which resulted in them putting a pacemaker in, but I turned 60 in 2021 and decided to do this again! I’m thinking of making a yearly thing! Loved it! ;)

The wildflowers alone make this hike worth it

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!

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.

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

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.

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