What Is Clingmans Dome In Tennessee?


Do you ever wonder what Clingmans Dome is in Tennessee? 

Located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP), this iconic spot draws visitors from all over to experience its breathtaking 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains

At an elevation of 6,643 feet, you’ll be able to see some of the most stunning views in the National Park.  On a clear day, you can even see into North Carolina and Georgia as well!

Story of the Clingmans Dome

It was named after Thomas Lanier Clingman, a Confederate brigadier general and U.S. Congressman from North Carolina.

Clingman was an advocate for the creation of the National Park Service and played a role in its establishment.

How Long Is The Walk Up To Clingmans Dome?

It’s a 1.3-mile out-and-back trail which is a moderately difficult trail because of the steep incline that would take approximately 40 minutes to finish.

Can You Drive To The Top Of Clingmans Dome?

The drive is about 7 miles long and takes you through a beautiful forest and past several scenic vistas.

The road is open from April to November (weather permitting), so be sure to check the dates and weather conditions before you visit.

The temperature at Clingmans Dome is generally 10-20 degrees cooler compared to lower elevations, making it the perfect spot to escape the warmer temperatures in the summer.

Scenic drives are the perfect way to explore the beauty of the Smokies!

Here is a Smoky Mountains 7-Day Scenic Tour Itinerary

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