Monday, October 3, 2011

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Newfound Gap Parking Area - Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  This large parking area is on top of the main range of the Great Smoky Mountains on the North Carolina - Tennessee State Line.  It is the highest point on the Trans-mountain Highway U.S. 441 the elevation being 5045 feet above sea level.  to the left may be seen Clingmans Dome the highest peak in the Park, and it is from here that the Clingmans Dome Highway begins.

Parking area at Clingmans Dome - Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  From this parking area on Forney Ridge a short hike takes one to the highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Clingmans Dome - Altitude 6643 feet above sea level.  One of the most popular hikes - to Andrews Bald - also starts from this parking area.

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