Cherokee to Clingmans Dome is a 51.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cherokee, NC that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and is accessible from April until November.
A must when visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Take the beautiful Newfound Gap Road to the equally beautiful Clingmans Dome Road. The Clingmans Dome Road is closed in the winter, but you can hike up if you are in very good shape and an experienced hiker.
This is a beautiful drive even when the traffic is heavy. When you get to Clingmans Dome, there is a half mile paved trail to the summit and then you get to hike up the observation tower.