View from Clingman’s Dome in the Smokies

On top of the world…

Living in The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina- A Blog

Just below the summit of 6,643 foot high Clingman’s Dome in the center of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the parking area for hikers who want to climb the steep trail up to the Observation Tower. Although you are standing on the North Carolina-Tennessee border, the views of the Carolina mountains along the eastern side of that lot are as spectacular as any seen from the tower.

Clingman's Dome East View
On a low humidity day, the horizon can be 100 miles away. On this late July afternoon, the summer haze didn’t lessen the impact of the distant ridges. It was in the mid 60’s.

Low Clouds at Clingman's Dome
Passing clouds often hid the peaks…

Clingman's Dome Sky

Fraser Firs at Clingman's Dome
Fraser Firs, known as the perfect Christmas trees, grow along the high ridges. These hardy trees are native to the Southern Appalachians, and grow nowhere else.

Below Clingman's Dome
A visit to the Great Smoky Mountains isn’t complete until you come to Clingman’s Dome.

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