Clingmans Dome.

Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smokies. 

I'm taking the liberties of copying the following sentence from the National Park description:

"The observation tower on the summit of Clingmans Dome offers spectacular 360° views of the Smokies and beyond for visitors willing to climb the steep half-mile walk to the tower at the top."

There is one particular word in that sentence you need to pay attention to.


Oh my.  They weren't lying, people.  It's steep.  Especially if you are carting around a four year-old on your back.  :)

But they have plenty of benches along the way, and the path is paved, so it was all good.

At the top of the peak they have an observation tower from whence you can get a glimpse of the "spectacular 360 degree views."


I'm guessing that's why they're called the Great Smokies.  :)

A group photo, celebrating our successful climb.  I think this one is one of my favorites from the entire trip.  Enjoy!


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