Clingman’s Dome Great Smoky Mountains National Park

One of the best attractions would have to be considered Clingman’s Dome. It is Great Smoky Mountain National Park’s highest point in Tennessee at 6,643 feet.  It is located along the state-line ridge, which is in half North Carolina and half Tennessee. There is main highlights in this particular attraction such as mountain views, high elevation spruce-fir forest.

“It looks exciting,” Angela Moevao, freshman, said. “It seems cold to visit too.”

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Although Clingmans Dome is open year-round, the road leading to it is closed from December 1 through April 1, and whenever weather conditions require. People can hike and cross-country ski on the road during the winter.

“Hell yeah I would go there because it looks beautiful!” said Averey Kolomvotos, senior.

Entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is free. The park is one of the few national parks where no entrance fees are charged. Fees are only charged for activities such as overnight camping ($14-23 per night) and pavilion rental at picnic areas.

Directions to get there:

Cherokee, NC entrance

From the north: From interstate highway I-40, take Exit 27 to US-74 West towards Waynesville. Turn onto US-19 and proceed through Maggie Valley to Cherokee. Turn onto US-441 North at Cherokee and follow the road into the park.
From the south: Follow US-441/US-23 North. At Dillsboro merge on US-74 West/US-441 North. At Exit 74 merge onto US-441. Follow US-441 through Cherokee and into the park.