Cool Day Trips

Clingmans Dome

Dome From Afar


One of the stops we made while staying in Tennessee was Clingmans Dome. It is located in the Great Smoky Mountains very close to the Tennessee/North Carolina border. It is the highest point in Tennessee.

Clingmans Dome Sign
Clingman’s Dome Sign

Whether you are in a car or on a motorcycle (motorcycle is my choice) the Great Smoky Mountains do not disappoint. It is an absolutely beautiful drive. So if you find yourself driving on US441, make sure you make a turn and head up Clingmans Dome Road. It’s a nice ride and will take you right up to Clingmans Dome.

Highest Point In The Park

Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National park at an elevation of 6643 feet. Once you reach the end of the road (it’s a loop), there is parking and a building with restrooms. Make sure you are well rested because at this point you need to walk approx another mile almost straight up a paved path. There are numerous points along the way to stop and rest. We did!!!!

Looking Down From The Dome

As you walk up the hill, you will see numerous points of entry for the hardcore hikers (definitely not us…lol.) I believe you could enter these trails and take them up and the east coast. Once at the top of the walkway, you are greeted by a space-age looking dome sitting about 45 feet in the air with a spiral walkway. The views from the top are absolutely beautiful and well worth the walk.

Bottom Line

If you love mountain views and don’t mind a little exercise, you will love Clingmans Dome. Make sure you bring some water and a camera!!!

Date Of Visit: November 2016

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