There are few places in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg where visitors can easily drive to and experience breathtaking views on such a scale. When you are planning your things to do in Gatlinburg itinerary, a visit to Clingmans Dome is a MUST. The drive winds through the Great smoky mountains on HWY 441, offering abundant scenery and wildlife.
A Jeep Tour of Clingmans Dome is exactly what you have been dreaming about. Think about it, how many times have you sat in traffic only to see a person drive by with the top down on their jeep. Admit it, you were jealous, so lets make this Smoky Mountain Vacation one to remember,
There are a few things you should know about Clingmans Dome
- Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Smoky Mountains National Park topping out at 6,643 feet. Clingmans Dome offers a spectacular 360° panorama.
- Views can vary, depending on weather and atmospheric conditions the view can be very limited / or up to 100 miles.
- The hike from the parking lot to the observation tower is 1/2 mile, and is considered STEEP. The trail is paved, you will find several rest stations that you can enjoy on your way up.
- Temperature – At this altitude temperatures can easily be 20- degrees lower than the surrounding lowlands. Take some advice from me, “BRING” a jacket, as I found out on my first evening hike to Clingmans Dome, you can always take it off to cool down. However if you have not brought it with you, you can not put it on to keep warm. Tennis Shoes or Hiking Shoes are a great idea, I love Flip-Flops, however this trail due to its incline can be a little taxing on Flip Flops.
At Southland Jeep and Car Rentals, we believe in the personal touch, for reservations please Call (865)436-9811 keep an open mind when considering things to do in Gatlinburg, a Jeep, Van or Hummer are great ways to explore and experience the Mountains.