I thought I would share some photos of our trip last weekend up to Clingmans Dome in the Great Smokey Mts of TN. We live about an hour away, so we decided to go see the snow. Clingmans Dome got record snowfall a couple of weeks ago as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The road up to the top had been closed, but opened up over the weekend. My kids were soooo excited to see the snow. :) It was a gorgeous view, as you can see from the photos.
Here are some facts from the Great Smokey Mt website about Clingmans Dome:
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. Only Mt. Mitchell (6,684 feet) and Mt. Craig (6,647), both located in Mt. Mitchell State Park in western North Carolina, rise higher. The observation tower on the summit of Clingmans Dome offers spectacular 360° views of the Smokies and beyond for visitors willing to climb the steep half-mile walk to the tower at the top.
Temperatures at the dome can be 10 -20 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than in the surrounding lowlands. In fact, the cool, wet conditions on Clingmans Dome's summit make the spruce-fir forest that grows there a coniferous rainforest. Proper preparation is essential for a good visit. Dress in layers and be sure to bring a jacket, even in summer.