Clingmans Dome Visitor Center to host public Open House

Clingmans Dome Visitor Center to host public Open House

Before Clingmans Dome Road closes for the winter, Great Smoky Mountains Association invites all park visitors to an open house at the visitor center store in honor of the season.


Due to normal national park seasonal procedures, Clingmans Dome Road and Clingmans Dome Visitor Center are typically closed to the driving public from December 1 through April 1. However, as long as the weather cooperates, the road and visitor center will remain open through Sunday evening, December 2.

GSMA will host an open house at Clingmans Dome Visitor Center on Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2, during regular store hours from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Visitors will be greeted with light refreshments as they take one last stroll around the visitor center before the season ends. All Clingmans Dome-branded merchandise will be 20% off (with the exclusion of additional discounts). Sale prices are available in-store only.

Located at the end of Clingmans Dome Road, 7 miles from Newfound Gap at the North Carolina-Tennessee state line, Clingmans Dome Visitor Center sits at an elevation of 6,300 feet. A 0.5-mile trail leads from the visitor center to the Clingmans Dome observation tower atop Clingmans Dome – the highest peak in the Smokies. The Clingmans Dome observation tower is open year around. Multiple trails lead to the dome, and hikers are always permitted to walk the closed road.

Those interested in purchasing park-related educational items and gifts, as well as making end-of-year contributions to Great Smoky Mountains National Park may do so at Sugarlands Visitor Center, Cades Cove Visitor Center and Oconaluftee Visitor Center, all of which remain open throughout the year. GSMA’s online store is also available HERE.

Since its inception in 1953, Great Smoky Mountains Association has supported the preservation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park by promoting greater public understanding and appreciation through education, interpretation and research. A non-profit cooperative association and national park partner, GSMA has provided more than $44 million to the park during its 65-year history.


Related Posts
  1. Clingmans Dome Road to opens March 31 Clingmans Dome Road to opens March 31 Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced plans to open Clingmans Dome Road this weekend beginning Saturday, March 31.
  2. Why The Tunnel? Why The Tunnel? Those of you who have walked to the far eastern edge of Newfound Gap parking area have probably noticed the old roadbed that traces the former route of Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) into North Carolina. Several miles of the old road were rerouted in t
  3. Country store ledgers provide an intimate look at lives from the past Country store ledgers provide an intimate look at lives from the past Long before the rise and decline of Piggly Wiggly and the A&P, before electronic cash registers and barcode scanners, and before the cash and carry business model, the country store was where people in Southern Appalachia bought their dry goods a
  4. Great Smoky Mountains Association Nominated for Two IBMA Awards GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Great Smoky Mountains Association’s Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition is nominated for two International Bluegrass Music Association Special Awards: Graphic Design by Karen Key and Liner Note