Clingmans Dome Trail

Bryson City, North Carolina

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Clingmans Dome presents that dilemma of so many peaks made accessible via a road to the summit. You could earn Clingmans Dome, doing it the hard way by making the 11-mile climb up Forney Creek or by taking the Appalachian Trail to the top, but why? You can get a stellar 360-degree view of the entire half-million-acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park from the summit tower, even if it is choked with tourists on cell phones. It’s almost as bad as the summit scene atop Mount Everest. Thus, Clingmans Dome is less a conquest than a rite-of-passage. It’s there, everybody does it, and so, inevitably, will you.
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)

Clingmans Dome presents that dilemma of so many peaks made accessible via a road to the summit. You could earn Clingmans Dome, doing it the hard way by making the 11-mile climb up Forney Creek or by taking the Appalachian Trail to the top, but why?

You can get a stellar 360-degree view of the entire half-million-acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park from the summit tower, even if it is choked with tourists on cell phones. It’s almost as bad as the summit scene atop Mount Everest. Thus, Clingmans Dome is less a conquest than a rite-of-passage. It’s there, everybody does it, and so, inevitably, will you.

©  Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bryson City
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: 330 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Season: Best in Spring, summer, fall (access road closed in the winter)
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Great Smoky Mountains National Park; USGS Clingmans Dome
Driving Directions: Directions to Clingmans Dome Trail

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