Driving up from Gatlinburg side, visitors will encounter Clingman’s Dome Road. This road takes guests along a winding seven mile stretch up to access the trail to climb to Clingman’s Dome, the highest point in the Smokies.
Though just 33-miles long, this curvy mountain road, a favorite tourist attraction, usually takes about an hour to travel one way. At nearly a mile high, visitors will notice the significant drop in temperature as they reach the pinnacle of this scenic road, Newfound Gap Overlook. Temperatures can vary as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit from the Newfound Gap to the roads starting points in Gatlinburg and/or Cherokee. The Newfound Gap provides a large parking lot with restrooms and an overlook with an incredible panoramic view.