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Clingmans Dome

Great Smoky Mountains National Park


The observation tower at Clingmans Dome provides sweeping views of the entire park and the surrounding mountains and lakes. On clear days you can see over 100 miles in any direction. This highest peak in the park is easy to access for visitors of all ages and abilities and a must for any visit.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Clingmans Dome is in the morning for sunrise and before the crowds or at sunset.

Things to Note

You can drive to the Clingmans Dome parking lot and take in spectacular views from there, but if you want to go to the observation tower you’ll have to walk a little further. The walk is short and paved, but it is up a steep incline and may take some people a longer amount of time. The views are well worth it.

Clingmans Dome | Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee & North Carolina

The Great Smoky Mountains Film

This film is the culmination of two weeks exploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We chose Great Smoky Mountains as our second ever park film because of it’s extraordinary display of fall colors, it’s incredibly diverse wildlife population, and it’s prominence as the most visited national park in the country. This film was shot entirely in 4K UHD.


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Jim Pattiz

Co-Founder of More Than Just Parks. Filmmaker, Conservationist, Public Lands Enthusiast

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