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Vacationers should start planning their trip to the Smoky Mountains if they are looking to experience the scenic views and beautiful photo opportunities from Clingmans Dome. Until December 1, families take Clingmans Dome Road to the parking area where they take a short hike to the observation tower.
Although the Clingmans Dome observation tower is open year-round, Clingmans Dome Road is set to close on December 1 and will remain closed through March 31. To enjoy the Clingmans Dome observation tower this winter, families will have to put on their hiking boots and bundle up for a hike through the mountains. There are trails that lead to Clingmans Dome, and hikers will be allowed to hike the seven mile closed road as well.
Standing tall at 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. To prevent weather-related accidents, the national park shuts down the road for the winter months in the expectation of snow and ice. At Visit My Smokies, our Smoky Mountain meteorologist keeps vacationers up to date with regular weather reports. You can take a look at our most recent weather video here.
The Clingmans Dome Visitor Center will also be closed to visitors from December 1 through March 31. If you’re looking to purchase gifts or make contributions to the national park, Sugarlands Visitor Center, Cades Cove Visitor Center and Oconaluftee Visitor Center remain open throughout the year for purchases.
Since Clingmans Dome Road may be closed to drivers during your vacation, take a look at our Great Smoky Mountains National Park page for maps and ideas of the national park. When you use Visit My Smokies’ website, you won’t need any other site to plan your vacation! See you in the Smokies!