Tennessee’s highest Point: Clingmans Dome

At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is Great Smoky Mountains National Park's highest point. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the second highest point east of the Mississippi. Only North Carolina's Mt. Mitchell (6,684 feet) rises higher.Clingmans Dome is a popular Park destination. Located along the state-line ridge, it is half in North Carolina and half … Continue reading Tennessee’s highest Point: Clingmans Dome

Top 12 Activities near Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee

There are so many amazing things to do around the Great Smoky Mountains! We've put together a list of the top 12 things we have done ourselves or feedback from guests like you!

Hiking Tour Guides

A Walk in the Woods tour guides The staff are very knowledgeable and will gear their walk to your interests.  You will enjoy botany and biology lessons the whole way along. Hopefully you will learn a great deal from your time on the hikes. You won't be disappointed in the experience and amazing nuances! This is so educational … Continue reading Hiking Tour Guides

The Busiest Highpoint: Clingmans Dome, Tennessee (11/50)

Clingman’s Dome is steep, but the view from the parking lot is almost as good as the view at the top.

A Blind Shot at Reaching 50 State Highpoints

For some reason, they moved the highpoint marker from the top down to the start of the summi trail at Clingmans Dome For some reason, they moved the highpoint marker from the top down to the start of the summi trail at Clingmans Dome

Photos from Clingmans Dome

When it comes to highpoints, none receive more visitors than Clingmans Dome, the highpoint of Tennessee.  Standing at 6644 feet, the mountain, which sits on the Tennessee and North Carolina border, is the third highest point east of the Mississippi River behind only Mt. Mitchell and Mt. Craig in North Carolina.

Clingmans Dome sits in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and it is just one of many places worthy of a visit while spending time in the park. For those looking to avoid a long hike, a trip during the warmer months of the year (April-December) allows one to have the opportunity to drive near the top of the mountain and take the half-mile trail to the summit.  If you go during the…

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Norwood Boiler below Clingmans Dome

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 … Continue reading Norwood Boiler below Clingmans Dome

Mingus Mill

Just a few hundred feet off of US441, and just a 1/2 mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor's Center you'll find the Mingus Mill. The mill still works and is water powered (it is not a water wheel). The Park Service Volunteers grind both wheat and corn and sell the fruit of their labor. Youngsters … Continue reading Mingus Mill