Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Clingmans Dome

This paved, half-mile (one-way) trail leads to the highest point on the Appalachian Trail and 100-mile views of seven states.
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  • Distance: 2.2



Location: 35.556853, -83.496222

Follow the wide, paved trail lined with benches from the parking lot to the observation tower.


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Bear right to summit Clingmans Dome and the lookout tower.


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Turn right onto Clingmans Dome Tower Trail.


Location: 35.563076, -83.498701

Clingmans Dome (6,643 ft.): This summit is the second highest point east of the Mississippi, and the highest point on the Appalachian Trail. Climb the 54-foot tower for 100-mile views of seven states on clear days. On cloudy days, you won't be able to see the ground below the tower. Follow the same route back to the parking area.

Clingmans Dome Tower

Location: 35.56298, -83.498518