Appalachian Trail- Clingman Dome to Cades Cove

#55 of 184 trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Appalachian Trail- Clingman Dome to Cades Cove is a 22.1 mile point-to-point trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until November.

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Leslie Bookout (244)

3 Completed4 Reviews

Spent 2 days on this one, starting at Clingman's Dome, only the first mile is spent ascending to the top, which was good cardio. The remaining trip is spent descending, which is a bit tough on older joints. Worth the trip, worth the pain. Not a heavily used trail, we saw maybe 10 people until we were about 2 miles from the finish. Not much wildlife to report, a few tracks here and there, and some bear scat. Ample vegetation changes as you change altitudes. Take note of the multiple colors if mushrooms you will encounter during the descent. Remember your rain gear, and strongly recommend hiking poles, the terrain is not always stable, but plenty of opportunities for photos! Don't expect cell service anywhere as well.

Sam Butler (616)

17 Completed13 Reviews

What can one say about the AT? It is such a great trail all the time. The army of volunteers who keep it up do an amazing job. We liken it to a highway.

Moderate to strenuous most of the way. Amazing vistas along the way. Great people as well. The AT is much more than a simple trail. For many it's a life changing experience. If nothing else it will leave you with many fond memories & maybe some painful ones as well.

Clingman's Dome is the second highest peak east of the Mississippi River, right after Mt. Mitchell in NC.