Explorer | 30 pts
I recommend this highly and in September. No traffic, no crowds, and less heat! It's absolutely perfect! It can be 85-95 degrees in Gatlinburg, while 70-80 degrees at Clingmans Dome during September. I've been here in July, August, and September, been fogged in to the point you can't see 1 foot in front of your face. If this happens, don't give up! Return another day, for a 360 degree panaramic view that's well worth the 1/2 mile walk from the parking lot to the observation deck. Benches are placed along the way to rest for those that might be a little out-of-shape! Also, from the base of the observation deck, you can walk along a section of the Appalachian Trail and get a picture of the observation deck from that vantage point. I love the Smokies!