Address and Phone:
Great Smoky Mountain National Park
107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Phone: (865) 436-1200
At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is Great Smoky Mountains National Park's highest point. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the second highest point east of the Mississippi. Only North Carolina's Mt. Mitchell (6,684 feet) rises higher.
Clingmans Dome is a popular Park destination. Located along the state-line ridge, it is half in North Carolina and half in Tennessee. The peak is accessible after driving Clingmans Dome Road from Newfound Gap, and then walking a steep half-mile trail. A paved trail leads to a 54-foot observation tower. The Appalachian Trail crosses Clingmans Dome, marking the highest point along its 2,144 mile journey.
Vistas from Clingmans Dome are spectacular. On clear, pollution-free days, views expand over 100 miles and into seven states. However, air pollution limits average viewing distances to 22 miles. Despite this handicap, breathtaking scenes delight those ascending the tower. It is a great place for sunrises and sunsets.
From Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, follow Newfound Gap Road (US 441) into the park for 13 miles. Turn right (west) onto Clingmans Dome Road, and drive 7 miles to the parking area.
Get turn-by-turn direction using the interactive map above.
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