What you Need to Know About Clingmans (Clingman’s?) Dome

The first thing to know is that it is not Clingman’s but Clingmans.  Not possessive, just plural.  Where’s the grammar in that?
The second thing to know is that this is the highest point in the Smokies and the highest point in all the Appalachian Trail.  Here’s what the website says: “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 in Tennessee. The peak is accessible after driving Clingmans Dome Road from Newfound Gap, and then walking a steep half-mile trail. A paved trail leads to a 54-foot observation tower. The Appalachian Trail crosses Clingmans Dome, marking the highest point along its 2,144 mile journey.

Third, for you ham radio operators out there, it is a SOTA mountain, W4/WM-001, that earns the max possible ten points for activation.  K4wk was the 4th ham to activate Clingmans and I earned ten points, my first in the SOTA pgm.  Two other 10-point SOTA peaks are up the trail a few miles, Mt. Kephart and Laurel Top, and I hope to activate them both in 2012.  Follow me on twitter @k4wk.

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