Newfound Gap to Clingmans DomeDifficult

Newfound Gap to Clingmans Dome

Distance (One Way)

7.7 miles

Elevation Gain

1,595 feet

Trailhead

Newfound Gap

Trail Description

This 7.7 mile segment of the Appalachian Trail will take you to the highest point in the Smokies, but the incline of the trail is not as difficult as you might think. There are many ups and downs and sections of level ground.

Newfound Gap is only accessible if US 441 (Newfound Gap Road) is open, so during the winter months be sure to check Smokies Road Info.

To reach the trailhead, park in the Newfound Gap parking lot and find a crosswalk on US 441. Use extreme caution here as most drivers are not inclined to stop. You will find the trailhead directly across the street.

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Newfound Gap to Clingmans Dome Elevation Profile

Newfound Gap to Clingmans Dome Elevation Profile

Trail Difficulty Scales Explained

Elevation Grade

4%

Fairly Flat

Paul Petzoldt Scale

10.9

Strenuous

5

10

15

Shenandoah Scale

157

Strenuous

50

100

150

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