Saturday, November 17, 2012

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Clingman's Dome Tower in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Completed in 1959, this new observation tower is on top of the Park's highest peak - elevation 6642 feet.  From this point can be seen breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains in every direction.  The Tower is reached by an easy half-mile paved trail from the parking area on Clingman's Dome.

Parking area at Clingman's Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Clingman's Overlook - Elevation 6311 Feet - Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Named for Gen. Thomas L. Clingman, 1812-1897.  In the 1850's he was responsible for the first trail from Indian Gap to Clingman's Dome.  From this parking area a 1/2 mile paved trail leads to an observation tower on the summit of Clingman's Dome the highest peak in the Park - Elevation 6643 feet.

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