Clingmans Dome Hiking Trail


Smoky Mountains

The Clingmans Dome hiking trail is a must-do for any outdoor enthusiast when visiting the Smoky Mountains.

Clingmans Dome towers at 6,643 feet—the highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains.

How long is the hike to the top of Clingmans Dome?

It is a 2.1 kilometer-round-trip and takes approximately 43 minutes to complete.

The trail begins at Clingmans Dome parking area and follows the Appalachian Trail for 1.5 miles one way, ending at Clingmans Dome summit, the highest point in Tennessee.

How hard is the hike to Clingmans Dome?

Moderately challenging.  It is a paved, one-and-a-half-kilometer trail with railings and several switchbacks leading to the observation tower.

The trail is steep in parts but can still be considered wheelchair and stroller-friendly. 

It can also be challenging for hikers not used to climbing uphill on trails or in general, but not to worry, as there are plenty of benches along the way where you can take a break if necessary.

How much does it cost to go up Clingmans Dome?

It costs nothing to go up Clingmans Dome as it is a part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Starting March 1, 2023, drivers will be required to get parking tags for any vehicle that stays in the park longer than 15 min.

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Is Clingmans Dome trail open?

The road leading up to Clingmans Dome will be closed during winter due to weather conditions.

This year Clingmans Dome is set to open on April 1, 2023, until November 30, 2023, weather permitting.



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