When I was growing up I heard about a train that wrecked on Clingmans Dome and rolled down the mountain. Of course that was a definate legend to chase! So, a few years ago I found that it was a MYTH. Here is the story as I know it. Before 1926 the Norwood Lumber Company clear-cut basically the south side of Clingmans Dome. There is a lot of evidence remaining. Many RailRoad grades, skidder trails, rails, coal, etc. are all over the mountain. The “train” that is below the Dome is actually a boiler which produced steam to operate a winch to pull logs up the mountain to train cars. If you have been to the massive piece of metal it is lying in its side.
From the Clingmans Dome parking area take the trail toward Andrews Bald. Turn right onto Forney Creek Trail. Go about a 1/4 mile and look for a crain on the right. The old RR grade is pretty obvious. Turn right off Forney Creek trail onto the grade. You will see rails, coal, etc and then will come upon the boiler. So, its a MYTH….a train did not wreck on Clingmans Dome! HOWEVER there is a boiler there!
posted by jeff wadley