We drove up to Clingmans Dome this morning where it was breezy, foggy and in the 60s. It was still pretty and we saw some wildflowers in bloom we haven't seen for a while.
The climb to the top (6643 feet above sea level) was much easier in the coolness. The trail climbs something like 2000 feet in 1/2 mile - very steep.
There is a 50 feet high tower at the top of the mountain. The view was a bit restricted today!
On the North Carolina side, we stopped at a working grist mill where the Park Service grinds both wheat and corn to sell in visitor centers.
On the way back down to Gatinburg we stopped at Newfound Gap overlook - there was no fog and the view is spectacular:
The weather was great and our legs held up to the climb at Clingmans - what more could we ask for?
Ross and Dottie Frid
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Location:Smoky Mountain National Park