GSMNP – Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announce that the rehabilitation work on Clingman’s Dome has been suspended for the winter and is expected to resume this Spring. The remaining work is expected to take approximately two weeks and will necessitate another short-term closure to complete. Visitors can enjoy views from the tower throughout the winter, however, the Clingman’s Dome Road will be inaccessible to motorists from December 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018 due to normal seasonal closures. The road, tower, and entire Clingman’s Dome area remain accessible to hikers throughout the winter.
Much of the needed rehabilitation work on Clingman’s Dome was completed in fall 2017, GSMNP officials say, but the final surface overlay still needs to be completed. Deteriorated areas on the concrete columns and walls have been repaired, support walls have been stabilized at the base of the ramp, and stone masonry has been repaired. The remaining work is expected to take approximately two weeks in Spring 2018 and will necessitate another short-term closure to complete.