Clingmans Dome - Tennessee Highpoint

#5 of 182 trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Clingmans Dome - Tennessee Highpoint Trail is a 1 mile out and back trail located near Cherokee, North Carolina that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking & walking and is accessible year-round.

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Taylor Farr (569)

21 Completed20 Reviews

Steep and short. This trail can also draw quite a crowd but It works well for high pointers and it connects to several other trails you can hike in the area.

Brooke Gillespie (196)

4 Completed3 Reviews

Really interesting walk, as you walk up the hill to the dome you could feel the temperature dropping. At one on the way down it began to rain and after a short while we walked out of the rain. It was kind of disappointing that it was too foggy to see anything but feeling the clouds hit your face was pretty neat. It wasn't too difficult except that it goes straight up and straight back down.

Tony Sutton (238)

7 Completed4 Reviews

Clingman's Dome is a short but moderate hike. While the trail is paved it is also fairly steep. Benches are placed along the trail for your convenience. Between the 2 & 4 tenths markers is the steepest at around 9% grade. Once the top is reached all that is forgotten. The views are amazing! This is a great hike for any hiker. Be sure to take a camera.

Michael Hall (764)

29 Completed30 Reviews

Matt Masem (222)

10 Completed10 Reviews

Paved 0.5 mile path, but don't let that fool you. It's a Hike! It's just straight up the entire time with benches each tenth of a mile. Fifteen minutes to the top of a tower with views for literally dozens of miles in every direction. Cool little hike with bathrooms and a gift shop at the bottom!

Michael Grove (163)

17 Completed2 Reviews

Great short hike. Was really cloudy all the way up but then it finally opened up when we got to the top! Great views and very easy to to!

Amber Mathis (178)

21 Completed4 Reviews

Craig F (505)

43 Completed20 Reviews

Amazing views of the surrounding mountains. Be sure to try and go on a clear day otherwise there will be a lot of clouds and fog, but that still looks cool as well as it rolls up over the ridge lines.

Alan Bourne (85541)

607 Completed606 Reviews

The view from the top is something you will remember all your life. The walk up and down is beautiful.

Linda Castle Caudill (298)

10 Completed8 Reviews

Loved the view from the top, have been there a few times