Clingman’s Dome

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My favorite moments on our trip were spent atop Clingman’s Dome. Majestic mountain peaks as far as the eye can see.

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At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi.

The previous quote struck me as odd, as the tip of Clingman’s Dome is actually within the state of North Carolina. I guess there’s enough of the dome in Tennessee to make it the highest point in TN even before it continues rising into NC.

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Since Rebecca and Christian were missing their martial arts class, they practiced a few sparring techniques on the mountain.

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Near the parking lot, Terry’s GPS reported our elevation as 6332 ft. After hiking to Grotto Falls in the morning, we had no energy to climb the incredibly steep trail to the full peak of Clingman’s Dome on this day.

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Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;
Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.

Let the rivers clap their hands,
Let the mountains sing together for joy.

Psalm 98: 4, 8

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Clingman’s Dome in NC


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