The hike to Clingmans Dome is only .5 miles on a paved path from the parking lot however it is all uphill and quite strenuous. It does however offer gorgeous views off the side of the mountain. Additionally the smell of the fir trees was amazing. Once you reach the top you a ascend a man-made structure that allows for 360 degree views from the top of Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park at an elevation of 6643 feet! The sunset was absolutely beautiful from here.
Clingmans Dome Address & Directions
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.
Clingman’s Dome coordinates are: N 35.56289 and W -83.49849
Clingmans Dome Fees
There are no fees at Clingmans Dome.
Clingmans Dome Additional Information
It’s important to note that Clingmans Dome Observation Tower is open year-round, the road leading to it is closed from December 1 through March 31, and whenever weather conditions require.