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August 3, 2010
August 16, 2006
From the parking area for Clingman's Dome, there is a paved half-mile, very steep, trail to the top. The peak is 6,643 feet in elevation and at the top is an observation tower.
The dead trees you see in some of these photos are Fraser firs which grow only at the highest elevations in the Smokies. The were killed by the balsam woolly adelgid, which was accidentally introduced from Europe. More than 70% of the parks mature firs were killed by this insect which feeds on the tree sap interfering with the flow of water and nutrients.
From journal Great Smoky Mountains National Park
January 20, 2006
From journal Tennessee Smoky Mountains Vacation
September 6, 2005
From journal Smokey Mountains in August 2005
August 3, 2005
On a rainy day, you won't be able to see much, which, unfortunately, it was when we went. The drive was also a little scary in the rain, but beautiful when sunny. There are several scenic overlooks, too.
From journal Gatlinburg - Waterfalls, Wildlife, and Nature
May 23, 2003
About half way along the road is the turning for Clingmans Dome, this is similar to Look Rock (see Foothills Pathway review). There is a large car park and information point with map. You then climb a concrete pathway and get very out of breath (altitude 6,643 ft). Once at the end of the pathway you climb a concrete lookout tower which itself is 54ft high. I would suggest you take a bottle of water with you, as although initially the length of the walk doesn’t seem to bad – half a mile but the altitude and steepness really takes the breath out of you. This is the highest point in the Smokies and the view is great. However there is quite often low-lying cloud, which can obscure the view. We had this problem, but it is worth staying for a while as the cloud moves quickly, so one minute you can’t see a thing, the next you can see for miles. There are information boards at the top so you can pinpoint certain peaks etc. According to the official guide, on a clear day you can see for over 100 miles into seven states. Definitely worth visiting.
From journal Smoky Mountain Getaway
January 4, 2001
From journal The Great Smoky Mountains