I've been up here 4 times in the last 20 years. Three times by the paved walk-up route and once on a Thru-hike of the AT. This time we joined the masses on the paved trail and my kids enjoyed their first view from the ridge of the Smokies.
We hiked up the AT from Newfound Gap, hoping to see some bears. We met a few hikers who had seen some, but we didn't see any. Fortunately, the road to the top was closed for re-paving, so we didn't see any herds of tourists up there either. We enjoyed a quiet lunch and some great views from the observation deck. HP28
Hiked the 16 miles round trip from New Found Gap via the Appalachian trail. Saw a lot of thru hikers.
Surrounding fog and a circular ramp to a tower. Hard to forget Clingman's dome, in part because of its' AT fame.
But if you hike a few miles out-n-back on the A/T... I think it counts as a 'summit'.
Actually visited twice in one weekend thru the region.. 1st day (with the A/T hike was misserable, cold, rainy and foggy - no views...). 2 days later (on my way back to Atlanta) the sun was shinning - so I just ~had~ to come by and check it out again. Glad I did... views were great!
It was a windy afternoon on a five day AT trip. There was a porta-john on top that had to have one of the best views in the Smokies.
very cloudy so couldn't see anything til i left it started to clear up and had awesome views at Newfound Gap. lots of people! felt bad driving to the parking lot so i hiked to Andrews Bald and back and summited twice
Walked up the paved trail in sandals. Nice views. Lots of people.
and i could barely see anything. this was actually my 2nd visit to the mountain, the first being when i was a year old (got solid photographic evidence). spent the night in the mt. collins shelter.
Jones family reunion with Cousin Mark and my Pops
completed the short hike with mom, an enjoyable jaunt.
I had a lot of fun climbing to the overlook tower with a couple of young nephews who found more joy in scaling every rock face that lined the paved walkway than the views from the top.
I hate that there is a road to the top! We went to Charlies Bunion first and then walked up the paved path to the summit. It would be a lot better if there weren't so many people up there!
Even in the clouds and fog it was still a great place. About 49 degrees on top in July was nice, especially if you're from Texas. Saw a Bear on the way down too!
I summited Clingmans Dome, Mount Love, and Mount Buckley all during the same hike. Clingmans Dome was my second State Highpoint of the day (Sassafras Mountain was the first), and my 34th State Highpoint reached overall.
With my 2 year old son and parents. Unseasonably cool. Fantastic views from the gaudy concrete structure at the top.
Man that paved half-mile "hike" was tough. Wish I had my rollerblades, that would have been a funny sight.
Came up on it after cutting over from Chimney Tops. It was super foggy and could not even see the ground once in the dome. we did a 19 mile hike round trip to get there too!
i had ice in my shoes
I wish southerners would stop putting observation decks on their high points.