Clingman's Dome is open year round. However, Clingman's Dome Rd. generally closes December 1st through April 1st. During this period you can reach the Dome by either hiking up the Appalachian Trail or Clingman's
Dome Rd. or when there is snow you can cross country ski or snowshoe 7 miles from New Found
Gap parking area.
Clingman's Dome is named after Thomas L. Clingman (July 27th, 1812 to Nov. 3,
1897.) a civil war General and US Senator from North Carolina. He was appointed
as a US Senator (D) in 1858 to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Asa
Biggs. During the civil war he was one of ten Senators who refused to
resign and was expelled in absentia.