The Observation Tower of Clingman's Dome

Sunday, November 17, 2013
This is my second post for our Clingman's Dome experience at the Great Smoky Mountain. From the time we move to Tennessee we became a fond of hiking. We hike pretty much on local trails near to we're we live. We were looking forward to some hiking in the mountains and wanted a challenge. Looked over maps and chose the Appalachian Trail which picks up just below Clingman's Dome. The views, trail and scenery did not disappoint us. The amazing change in weather from the bottom to the top was like watching fall turn to winter in an hour. Leaves were blowing everywhere, clouds were coming up the side of the mountain and surrounding us. The temperature dropped to 42 F from 68 F at the bottom. It was ominous and gorgeous all at once. We parked at the top for the walk to the dome. The wind was gusting up to 30-35 MPH, felt like a cold tropical storm. The top was covered in clouds, amazing! This is a wide paved trail that goes up steeply in spots. The air was quite thin for us too. We hiked for almost 2 hours including the stay at the top, an amazing experience.













20 comments:

  1. Amazing scenery. Your lucky:)

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  2. I have never been to the Smoky Mountains,but that has to be one of the coolest observation decks I have ever seen.

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  3. That is so gorgeous out there! And the view...priceless!!!

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  4. Wow, not only is this beautiful, but I love that it's a man made.

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  5. Wow, this is an amazing place. It was kind of you to share these beautiful photos.

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  6. That is so beautiful, I would love to go see it. Thank you for sharing, it might just be the only way I ever get to travel there!

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  7. wow!!! that must be a great place to be in, you can see the whole place...over looking

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  8. The first thing that came out of my mouth was WOW! WOW! It is beautiful and I would love to visit the place someday. Thank you for sharing. My husband and I were talking about taking a hike someday and taking the Appalachian Trails. I mean, he was talking about hiking for days until you get to, I don't know, Maine. But anyway, we talked about it on going to that trip just the two of us when our kids are finally grown and we can take off on our own. Man, that would be an awesome hike.

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  9. I love nature. I am more of a mountain person than a sea fanatic. This place is a good place to visit.

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  10. As I observed the pictures, really it's beautiful place to view the surroundings. Nice to visit from time to time.

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  11. Must be thrilling to be on top and watch the beautiful scenery.

    PS. Sa USAA ka pala nagwowork sis? All our banking and stuff is through them.

    Rose

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  12. What a breathtaking place to see, the 2 hours of walking and staying on the place is indeed a very short time, i'm sure you can see faraway scenery that you have never seen in the ground area. This is fantastic.

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  13. Wow! The view looks amazing! Perfect view to relax and reflect. lol

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  14. Super amazing! I love to visit places like this...breathtaking view!

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  15. I know I have made an article about this dome. Great vantage point to see the panoramic view of the scenery.

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  16. very beautiful architecture of the tower and much grander view...hope to visit a place like this someday

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  17. Wow! What a breathtaking view! :)

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  18. Dropping by to say Hi! and THANK YOU for being a part of my fruitful two years!

    Cheers!

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