Clingmans Dome Road

A Seven-Mile Scenic Journey to the Top

Clingmans Dome Road is a 7-mile road that travels from Newfound Gap Road (US 441) to the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower and parking area. Signage for this road are posted and can be seen easily from Newfound Gap Road, which you will travel to get to the Dome Road..

Clingman’s Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park at just over 6,000 feet in elevation. From the top of the Dome you can see at least seven states on a clear day. 

Along the way there are scenic pullouts with endless views of ridges and valleys. The road ends in a large parking area from which a 0.5 mile trail leads to the summit. The trail is paved but steep, and leads to an observation tower on top. The Andrews Bald trailhead is also located here.

The road to Clingmans Dome is closed each winter, December 1 thru March 31, although you can still use the road as a hiking trail to hike-in to Clingmans Dome and the Observation Tower.

This entrance to this road is less that one mile from Newfound Gap Overlook and Morton Overlook


More Scenic Drives To Explore