Clingmans Dome Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Located 48.8 miles from Brevard, North Carolina (NC)
4 Stars
1,811 Steps 1  (0.8 mi)


The Clingmans Dome Trail has a maximum elevation of 6,660 ft (2,030 m), a minimum elevation of 6,188 ft (1,886 m), and an elevation range of 472 ft (144 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
1,8110.8 mi6,188 ft6,660 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
30 min37.7452 ft9 ft
[ B to A ]
22 min0.89 ft452 ft

What is the length of the Clingmans Dome Trail?

The length of the trail is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) or 1,811 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Clingmans Dome Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 30 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 22 min in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Clingmans Dome Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Great Smoky Mountains National Park topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Gatlinburg, TN
  2. North Topo Map: Mount Le Conte, TN
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Mount Guyot, TN
  4. West Topo Map: Silers Bald, NC
  5. Topo Map: Clingmans Dome, NC
  6. East Topo Map: Smokemont, NC
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Noland Creek, NC
  8. South Topo Map: Bryson City, NC
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Whittier, NC

Is there a Clingmans Dome trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Clingmans Dome Trail is located on the Clingmans Dome topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.