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Clingmans Dome circa 1971
I can remember going to Clingmans Dome as a child. It is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains as well as Tennessee, and the 3rd highest mountain east of the Mississippi. The walk to the top is steep: when I was little I remember thinking it took an eternity to get to the top. In reality, it's only a 1/2 mile. I haven't been since I was little, but the view was spectacular.
That's me in the dark blue sweater when I was around 9.
This picture was taken in March, 2010.
Road to Clingmans Dome (again in March, 2010):
Clingmans Dome also marks the highest point on the Appalachian Trail. On a clear day, you can see for a 100 mile radius around the Great Smoky Mountains. If you visit, make sure you prepare for the change in temperature; even on "hot" days, it may be cool at the observation tower. Likewise, it may be sunny in the parking lot, but raining at the top. For additional information, visit http://www.clingmansdome.com/.