Trek To The Highest Point In The Great Smoky Mountains National Park At Clingman’s Dome In North Carolina

Every North Carolinian or visitor to the Tar Heel State should experience the quintessential Great Smoky Mountains National Park adventure of visiting the highest peak in the Smokies at Clingman’s Dome. Found along the North Carolina and Tennessee border, the trek to Clingman’s is a trifecta experience filled with the wow factor.

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The tower at Clingman’s Dome is open year-round, but only accessible from December to March to through-hikers using the Appalachian Trail or the Mountains-to-Sea Trail because the road leading to the mountain top is closed by the national park for the winter. The road reopens each year on April 1st but can be subject to further closures, should inclement weather strike.

When you’re planning a visit, it’s best to check the National Park Service‘s official website to make sure the road is open if you’re traveling on the tail end of the winter season. Admission is free, of course. No pets are allowed on the trail, and you may want to bring a jacket (depending upon the season). The top of the mountain is typically 10 to 20 degrees cooler than the surrounding lower-lying areas.

Have you been to Clingman’s Dome lately? Or what about the Newfound Gap parking area located nearby? We’d love to know if you love these spots in the Smokies as much as we do!

Address: Clingmans Dome, Forneys Creek, NC 28713, USA