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3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Going To Clingman’s Dome

by Corey Piccirillo
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Are you planning to visit Clingman’s Dome with your family? If so, you should know a few things before you go! In this post, I’ll share three tips to make your trip more enjoyable. So, what are you waiting for? Here are 3 things I wish I knew before going to Clingman’s Dome.

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1. The Weather Will Catch You By Surprise If You’re Not Prepared

This depends on which season you go, of course – but temperatures at the top of the dome can easily be 10-20 degrees cooler than below. Remember that precipitation and cold temperatures are widespread at higher elevations, such as Clingman’s Dome. I wish I knew before I went for the first time that I should have brought a few extra layers of clothing with me – it would have made for a more comfortable experience!

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2. Several Hiking Trails Start on Clingman’s Dome Road

Before going, I was under the impression that you could only drive there. I was utterly wrong. I wish I knew that there are multiple different trails that you can hike to get here. Some trails you can take to hike here are Forney Ridge Trail, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and Clingmans Dome Trail.

3. There’s a Secret Tunnel Under Clingman’s Dome Road

I wish I knew this cool “secret” before going to Clingman’s Dome! Stop by in bask in this spooky random tunnel at this popular tourist attraction. The tunnel is less than a mile west of the junction with Newfound Gap Road. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the tunnel, responsible for many historical sites around Gatlinburg, including Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Mount Cammerer Tower.


See You At The Summit!

Clingman’s Dome is an amazing experience that everyone should have the chance to enjoy. By following these three tips, you can ensure your visit is as wonderful as it can be. However, if you’re looking to save on your trip, don’t forget to call us! We offer discounts for groups and families traveling together. We hope to see you there!

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