Spring Break day 4 - Great Smoky Mountain National Park - Clingmans Dome
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Clingmans Dome is the highest mountain within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With 2025 meters (6,643 ft) it is the third highest mountain of the east coast, only 12 resp. 1 meter(s) shorter than the numbers one and two.
The mountain has several interesting features. It is e.g. located on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee and can be easily accessed since the National Park Service has constructed an access road that leads to a point at about 100 meters (300 ft) below the summit. The Appalachian Trail, so often mentioned in this blog, passes here too. Actually Clingmans Dome is the highest point of the trail.
Finally, in order to make the viewing experience for the visitors extra worthwhile a nice tower has been constructed. It adds another 14 meters (45 ft) to the altitude.
This observation tower was on my today's list too. I had had some climbs today but I bravely started hiking the steep asphalt access trail. The views from the tower can be foggy, but today I was lucky and had a very decent view, I could even see Mount Mitchell, with 2037 meters / 6684 ft the number one of the east coast.
On my way back down I of course visited the Appalachian Trail. Although I had not hiked it here I still wanted to visit the highest point, especially since I have been on the lowest point (in Bear Mountain Zoo, NY) so many times.
I continued my journey to the State of Tennessee. I had set foot in the state briefly, since the tower's ramp entrance is in Tennessee, but at the Newfound Gap I officially crossed the border.
More pictures below! Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren