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Clingmans Dome Trail - Tennessee Highpoint
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Clingmans Dome Trail - Tennessee HighpointWestern, NC
Western, NC
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2017
azbackpackr
Hiking0.61 Miles 334 AEG
Hiking0.61 Miles
334 ft AEG
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This "trail" is a paved walkway leading to a historic platform with an unusual spiral ramp approach. But if you have time you can combine seeing the historic structure with a hike on the Appalachian Trail. I did my "section hike" of a hundred yards or so. I wanted to put my toe into Tennessee, a state I had never visited. The Appalachian Trail straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee here. So, after climbing the platform to see the view, I hiked down the AT a very short distance, walked off the trail to the right and down through the trees, and took a pee in Tennessee.

My first visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But there was a big storm coming, and it was pretty cold and windy, and I didn't have sufficient layers. Plus I was going to have to drive back to Asheville in the rain. So, I didn't stay long.

Both on the drive up and back, along the Blue Ridge Parkway heading toward Maggie Valley, I saw a lot of turkeys and a few elk. I don't know if the elk are a different brand than the ones I am used to seeing in Arizona, but they did look different to me. So, I looked it up. They are Manitoban elk, a subspecies that was introduced into the park. Apparently the eastern elk subspecies is extinct. americanforests.org ... ins/

The elk in Arizona (also introduced to the state, the first load brought by train to Winslow from Montana in 1913.)Story about that is here: elks.org/lodges/Lod ... =368
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