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Tennessee, Clingmans Dome Loop Trail

Location: Gatlinburg
State: Tennessee
Length:25 miles
Surface: Natural
Difficulty: Difficult

Clingmans Dome, part of the Great Smokey Mountains

Note: You may if you like, make this a one day, two day or three day hike. The entire loop will take most of three days to accomplish.

Trail Information:

Clingmans loop begins at the highest trail head in the park and takes the Applachian Trail past multiple views of the park and so much more.

It will then drop down into Tennessee proper, where you will leave the high country, containing spruce, pine and fir trees, to find a small forested area with a streamside camping area that is in a rich woodlands, plentiful with wildlife, including black bear, whitetail deer and red fox.

Little River will afford you an aweinspiring walk along the watershed, which will carry you to your second nights stay if you so choose, beneath Clingmans Dome in Three Forks.

The final day will be a long and arduous climb back into the high country again via the Sugarland Mountain Trail, with more good views along the way.

Finally, intersect the Appalachian Trail to traverse the paths that will carry you over Mount Collins and Clingmans Dome. Make a final stop at the observation tower atop the dome before completing your loop.


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