The highest point in the park, Clingmans Dome, is also the highest point in Tennessee and a popular destination for incredible views of the Smoky Mountains. Start your day before sunrise for the 50-minute drive from Gatlinburg and you may have it to yourself. After your visit, Compass & Key recommends traveling to nearby Kephart Prong trail.
Make sure to bring extra layers as the temperature can be significantly cooler at this high elevation.
Distance: 0.5 mile steep climb to observation tower
Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Moderate due to the elevation
Starting Point: Clingmans Dome parking lot, via the access road off of Newfound Gap Road
To save this hike and our other recommended hikes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit our curated list on AllTrails, where you can learn about other trails in the park and create your own lists to reference through their mobile app.