Hike to Clingmans Dome
North Carolina › Clingmans Dome Trailhead
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.
- Hiking shoes
- Water bottle
- Rain jacket
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The Drive Up
A really cool spot that's worth the visit. However I think the drive up was my favorite part. The views and overlooks throughout the parkway on the way up were incredible. Be sure to stop at the overlooks. Also keep in mind it is a long way up the mountain (about an hour).
Not much of a hike, but a gorgeous view!
This isn't really hike, but offers some of the most spectacular views of the mountains. It is often crowded and sometimes can be closed because of bad weather so be sure to check before heading up there
Started my short trip to the Smokys with a quick hike out Andrews Bald (TH at Clingmans) and then up to Clingmans Dome. Timed just right for the sunset which was spectacular! It does get chilly after the sun goes down (at least in September)!
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