AAA Editor Notes
Clingmans Dome is 7 mi. s. of Newfound Gap on Clingmans Dome Rd. in Tennessee. Towering at 6,643 feet, it is Tennessee's highest point and the third tallest summit east of the Mississippi River. From the parking lot, an uphill, .5-mile paved trail leads to an observation tower, with a ramp spiraling up to the deck.
Several area trails afford recreational opportunities within the surrounding coniferous rain forest.
CLOSURE INFORMATION: The observation tower is closed until April 2018 for rehabilitation. The parking overlook, visitor station and trailheads remain open Apr.-Nov. (weather permitting).