Clingmans Dome Trail

#5 of 184 trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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.

1.3 miles Out & Back 332 feet
Kid Friendly Dog Friendly Accessible
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Just drive into the park on US-441 passing Gatlinburg (Sugarlands GSMNP Visitor Center & Park HQ) on the north or the Eastern Cherokee Indian Reservation (Oconaluftee GSMNP Visitor Center) on the south. For those coming from the north and east, I-40 is the closest Interstate.

Jose Jimenez

2 Completed2 Reviews

It was beautiful. We went you when it was cloudy and when it was clear. Wow!

Vincent Carden

3 Completed3 Reviews

Beautiful view at the top BUT not an easy walk up. It is paved from the parking lot to the top but it is there are steep inclines up.

Rob Drescher

13 Completed6 Reviews

Worth the long drive and even more enjoyable if you time sunrise when being at the top. It was 70 degrees in Gatlinburg but saw snow at the top. Another interesting fact is that the Appalachian trail crosses the top which we used to explain to our kids about the Maine to Georgia hike by walking several miles of it. They loved being able to tell their friends that they hiked a portion of it. It's also interesting to see all the AT trail hikers gather as its a popular spot for taking a break and getting rides to town to re-supply. Many good stories talking to the hikers making the long journey which sparked interest in our kids. Like everything, you get out of it what you put into it. The view is amazing as long as it's not foggy.

Dara Brown

7 Completed5 Reviews

This was a paved road that takes you to the highest altitude at the smoky mountains. We didn't really have a good view (too foggy), but still an amazing sight to see and experience.

Jake Comstock

7 Completed8 Reviews

Great view and easy enough for just about anyone.

Kyle Burke

3 Completed5 Reviews

Paved route - park and walk - not really a hike

Kyle Burke

3 Completed5 Reviews

Pete Aldridge

1 Completed1 Reviews

Busy but fun

Will Miller

6 Completed6 Reviews

Sank Mathe

9 Completed1 Reviews

Good steep walk . Takes about 30mins to get up. Views are limited in bad days