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.